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Default count distinct nodes

In the XML below:

   <something type="12345"/>
   <something type="12345"/>
   <something type="23451"/>
   <something type="23451"/>
   <something type="33333"/>

I want to count the number of distinct types of 'something', in this case its 3.

I've tried using a key, but that only allows me to count the number of instances of each specified type.

I can create a long-winded template which will go through each node and increment a counter every time it discovers a new type, but i was wondering if there was a neat way to do it that I am missing.

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For all problems concerning eliminating, counting, or grouping duplicates, see http://www.jenitennison.com/xslt/grouping

It's easy in XPath 2.0, of course:


You can't do it the way you suggest, by incrementing counters: functional languages don't work that way.

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Let's say you have a key like this:
<xsl:key name="k1" match="something" use="@type"/>
then you can just do this:
<xsl:template match="stuff">
    unique : <xsl:value-of select="count(something[generate-id() = generate-id(key('k1', @type)[1])])"/>

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