The result of the
xsl:fork instruction is the sequence formed by concatenating the results of evaluating each of its contained instructions, in order.
Available in XSLT 3.0. From Saxon 9.8, available in all editions. Implemented in Saxon-PE and Saxon-EE since Saxon 9.7.
- Category: instruction
- Content: (
xsl:fallback*, ( (
xsl:fallback* )* | (
xsl:fallback* ) ) )
- Permitted parent elements: any XSLT element whose content model is sequence-constructor; any literal result element
- Element has no attributes
Notes on the Saxon implementation⚓︎
The instruction is pointless when not streaming, but it is still supported.
Fully implemented since Saxon 9.7. Streaming of
xsl:for-each-group, as a child of
xsl:fork, with a
group-by attribute was introduced in 9.7 maintenance releases and is fully supported in Saxon 9.8.
In Saxon 9.6, the instruction was implemented with restrictions: specifically, the content of
xsl:fork must consist of a sequence of
xsl:sequence instructions, and can not include
The Saxon 9.6 implementation of
xsl:fork in streaming mode does not actually use multiple threads: rather, the events notified by the XML parser (such as startElement and endElement) are notified to each prong of the
xsl:fork in turn. Each prong accumulates its result in a temporary tree held in memory, and these temporary trees are combined on completion. The instruction is most effective when each prong consists of a call to
xsl:result-document; in this case the output can immediately be serialized, leaving no temporary data in memory.