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Grouping XML elements using XSLT version 1.0

Suppose you have an XML like:

  <Row Category="Sweet" Value="Chocolate"/>
  <Row Category="Salty" Value="Potato Chips"/>
  <Row Category="Salty" Value="Pop Corn"/>
  <Row Category="Sour" Value="Lemon"/>
  <Row Category="Sweet" Value="Biscuits"/>
  <Row Category="Salty" Value="Fries"/>

And you want to have these rows grouped by the ‘Category’ attribute like:

Pop Corn
Potato Chips



You can use Muenchian grouping just like the following:

<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl="" xmlns:msxsl="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt" exclude-result-prefixes="msxsl">
  <!-- First, define a key that uses our element or attribute we need to group by. In our case it's the Category attribute. -->
  <xsl:key name="food-by-Category" match="Row" use="@Category" />
  <xsl:template match="Rows">
  <!-- Now, we need to iterate on the Categories, This can be done by iterating on the first XML Row item for each Category. We will do that by create a node set for the current Row item (.) and the first item in the Key of the Current item  Category. Then we check the count to see is it 1 or 2.. If 1, So we've the same item in the node set; We have a new Category.-->
    <xsl:for-each select="Row[count(. | key('food-by-Category', @Category)[1]) = 1]">
      <!-- Sort by the Category -->
      <xsl:sort select="@Category" />
      <xsl:value-of select="@Category" />
      <hr />
      <!-- Now loop on the items of this Category, We get them from the Key we defined -->
      <xsl:for-each select="key('food-by-Category', @Category)">
        <!-- Sort by the item Value -->
        <xsl:sort select="@Value" />
        <xsl:value-of select="@Value" />
        <br/>      </xsl:for-each>