Generate Html Table from the Single Xml Node List Using Xslt

By | December 8, 2016

If you have a list of same xml node and you want to generate the html table with X number of columns, here is the working example. X can be a dynamic or static number based on your need.

Xml data. (Save it as data.xml)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<?xml-stylesheet  href="xformer.xslt" type="text/xsl" ?>
	<name>Name 1</name>
	<name>Name 2</name>
	<name>Name 3</name>
	<name>Name 4</name>
	<name>Name 5</name>
	<name>Name 6</name>
	<name>Name 7</name>
	<name>Name 8</name>
	<name>Name 9</name>
	<name>Name 10</name>
	<name>Name 11</name>
	<name>Name 12</name>
	<name>Name 13</name>
	<name>Name 14</name>
	<name>Name 15</name>

Xslt file (Save it as xformer.xslt in the same folder as data.xml)

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0" xmlns:xsl=""
    xmlns:msxsl="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:xslt" exclude-result-prefixes="msxsl">
	<xsl:output method="html" encoding="utf-8" indent="yes"/>

	<xsl:template match="/names">
		<!-- create table tag. -->
		<!-- NOTE: You may need to change the xmlns namespace as per your need-->
		<table xmlns="" border="1" cellpadding="5" cellspacing="5">
			<!-- call rendertr template with paramter-->
			<xsl:call-template name="rendertr">
				<!-- select all "name" nodes and pass it as a parameter to the xslt template-->
				<xsl:with-param name="nodes" select="name"></xsl:with-param>
				<xsl:with-param name="startindex">1</xsl:with-param>
				<!-- change the column count as per your need -->
				<xsl:with-param name="columncount">5</xsl:with-param>

	<!-- define template to render TR and TD tag -->
	<xsl:template name="rendertr">
		<xsl:param name="nodes"></xsl:param>
		<xsl:param name="startindex"></xsl:param>
		<xsl:param name="columncount"></xsl:param>
		<xsl:variable name="count" select="count($nodes)" ></xsl:variable>
		<xsl:variable name="endindex" select="$startindex + $columncount - 1"></xsl:variable>
		<xsl:if test="$count >= $startindex ">
			<tr xmlns="">
				<!-- out of the node list, get only the nodes for which we want to generate the td tag. -->
				<xsl:for-each select="$nodes[position() >= $startindex and not (position() > $endindex)]">
						<!-- output is the value of the node-->
						<xsl:value-of select="."/>
				<!-- add blank td if needed -->
				<xsl:if test="$endindex > $count">
					<xsl:call-template name="renderblanktd">
						<xsl:with-param name="tdcount" select="$endindex - $count"></xsl:with-param>
			<!-- call this template recursively in order to loop through the next set of nodes -->
			<xsl:call-template name="rendertr">
				<xsl:with-param name="nodes" select="$nodes"></xsl:with-param>
				<!-- make the startindex = endindex + 1 to get the next set of nodes -->
				<xsl:with-param name="startindex" select="$endindex+1"></xsl:with-param>
				<!-- keep the column count as it is -->
				<xsl:with-param name="columncount" select="$columncount"></xsl:with-param>


	<!-- this template renders td with nbsp; -->
	<xsl:template name="renderblanktd">
		<xsl:param name="tdcount"></xsl:param>
		<xsl:if test="$tdcount > 0">
			<!-- 160; represents nbsp; -->
			<td xmlns="">&#160;</td>
			<!-- call this template recursively to get the correct number of blank td -->
			<xsl:call-template name="renderblanktd">
				<xsl:with-param name="tdcount" select="$tdcount - 1"></xsl:with-param>

Now open data.xml in the browser and you will see the html table

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