It is possible to present a sorted bibliography, even if the
biblioentry elements are not in sorted order in the source document. One of the great things about XSLT is that it can rearrange the content before it formats it. You have to customize the template that handles the
bibliodiv to add an
xsl:sort instruction. You could also customize the
bibliography element in the same way, but that is a much longer template so it won't be shown here. It might just be easier to put a
bibliodiv inside your
The trick to sorting the bibliography is to not process the
biblioentry elements in document order, but in the order you specify. The original template for
bibliodiv has an empty
xsl:apply-templates instruction, which processes the entries in document order. So you will want to insert an
xsl:sort instruction inside it. The following example sorts on the first author's surname.
<xsl:template match="bibliodiv"> <fo:block> <xsl:attribute name="id"> <xsl:call-template name="object.id"/> </xsl:attribute> <xsl:call-template name="bibliodiv.titlepage"/> <xsl:apply-templates select="*[not(self::biblioentry) and not(self::bibliomixed)]"/> <xsl:apply-templates select="biblioentry|bibliomixed"> <xsl:sort select="author//surname" data-type="text" order="ascending"/> </xsl:apply-templates> </fo:block> </xsl:template>
xsl:apply-templates was split into two. The first one processes all of the child elements of the
bibliodiv that are not entries (i.e., optional introductory text elements). The second one processes all of the
bibliomixed children, and it contains the sort clause. The sort's
select attribute chooses what text to sort on, in this case the author's surname.
This customization to sort a bibliography won't work when you use an external bibliography collection. That's because the placeholder
bibliomixed elements don't have any data to sort on. The data isn't filled in until each entry is processed, which is after the sort process. You could fake the data, though, by putting a sort string in an attribute in each dummy
bibliomixed element, and then sorting on that attribute.
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