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XSLT xsl:choose Element


The <xsl:choose> element is used in conjunction with <xsl:when> and <xsl:otherwise> to express multiple conditional tests.


The <xsl:choose> Element

Syntax

<xsl:choose>
  <xsl:when test="expression">
    ... some output ...
  </xsl:when>
  <xsl:otherwise>
    ... some output ....
  </xsl:otherwise>
</xsl:choose>

Where to put the Choose Condition

To insert a multiple conditional test against the XML file, add the <xsl:choose>, <xsl:when>, and <xsl:otherwise> elements to the XSL file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<xsl:template match="/">
  <html>
  <body>
    <h2>My CD Collection</h2>
    <table border="1">
      <tr bgcolor="#9acd32">
        <th>Title</th>
        <th>Artist</th>
      </tr>
      <xsl:for-each select="catalog/cd">
      <tr>
        <td><xsl:value-of select="title"/></td>
      	<xsl:choose>
          <xsl:when test="price &gt; 10">
            <td bgcolor="#ff00ff">
            <xsl:value-of select="artist"/></td>
          </xsl:when>
          <xsl:otherwise>
            <td><xsl:value-of select="artist"/></td>
          </xsl:otherwise>
        </xsl:choose>
      </tr>
      </xsl:for-each>
    </table>
  </body>
  </html>
</xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

The code above will add a pink background-color to the “Artist” column WHEN the price of the CD is higher than 10.

The result of the transformation will look like this:

My CD Collection

Title Artist
Empire Burlesque Bob Dylan
Hide your heart Bonnie Tyler
Greatest Hits Dolly Parton
Still got the blues Gary Moore
Eros Eros Ramazzotti
One night only Bee Gees
Sylvias Mother Dr.Hook
Maggie May Rod Stewart
Romanza Andrea Bocelli
When a man loves a woman Percy Sledge
Black angel Savage Rose
1999 Grammy Nominees Many
For the good times Kenny Rogers
Big Willie style Will Smith
Tupelo Honey Van Morrison
Soulsville Jorn Hoel
The very best of Cat Stevens
Stop Sam Brown
Bridge of Spies T`Pau
Private Dancer Tina Turner
Midt om natten Kim Larsen
Pavarotti Gala Concert Luciano Pavarotti
The dock of the bay Otis Redding
Picture book Simply Red
Red The Communards
Unchain my heart Joe Cocker

View the XML file, View the XSL file, and View the result


Another Example

Here is another example that contains two <xsl:when> elements:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform">
<xsl:template match="/">
  <html>
  <body>
    <h2>My CD Collection</h2>
    <table border="1">
      <tr bgcolor="#9acd32">
        <th>Title</th>
        <th>Artist</th>
      </tr>
      <xsl:for-each select="catalog/cd">
      <tr>
        <td><xsl:value-of select="title"/></td>
      	<xsl:choose>
          <xsl:when test="price &gt; 10">
            <td bgcolor="#ff00ff">
            <xsl:value-of select="artist"/></td>
          </xsl:when>
          <xsl:when test="price &gt; 9">
            <td bgcolor="#cccccc">
            <xsl:value-of select="artist"/></td>
          </xsl:when>
          <xsl:otherwise>
            <td><xsl:value-of select="artist"/></td>
          </xsl:otherwise>
        </xsl:choose>
      </tr>
      </xsl:for-each>
    </table>
  </body>
  </html>
</xsl:template>
</xsl:stylesheet>

The code above will add a pink background color to the “Artist” column WHEN the price of the CD is higher than 10, and a grey background-color WHEN the price of the CD is higher than 9 and lower or equal to 10.

The result of the transformation will look like this:

My CD Collection

Title Artist
Empire Burlesque Bob Dylan
Hide your heart Bonnie Tyler
Greatest Hits Dolly Parton
Still got the blues Gary Moore
Eros Eros Ramazzotti
One night only Bee Gees
Sylvias Mother Dr.Hook
Maggie May Rod Stewart
Romanza Andrea Bocelli
When a man loves a woman Percy Sledge
Black angel Savage Rose
1999 Grammy Nominees Many
For the good times Kenny Rogers
Big Willie style Will Smith
Tupelo Honey Van Morrison
Soulsville Jorn Hoel
The very best of Cat Stevens
Stop Sam Brown
Bridge of Spies T`Pau
Private Dancer Tina Turner
Midt om natten Kim Larsen
Pavarotti Gala Concert Luciano Pavarotti
The dock of the bay Otis Redding
Picture book Simply Red
Red The Communards
Unchain my heart Joe Cocker

View the XML file, View the XSL file, and View the result

One Response to “XSLT xsl:choose Element”

  1. Ho Hai said

    Thanks very much!

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