The xsl:break instruction is used within xsl:iterate, and causes premature completion before the entire input sequence has been processed. If there is a select attribute, or a contained sequence constructor, this is evaluated and added to the result of the containing xsl:iterate instruction.

The xsl:break instruction must not be followed by further instructions, though it can occur as the last thing in a branch of a conditional. It must appear lexically within the xsl:iterate instruction (and not, for example, in a called template or function).

Category: instruction
Content: sequence-constructor
Permitted parent elements: any XSLT element whose content model is sequence-constructor; any literal result element




The effect of the instruction may be defined either by a select attribute, or by an enclosed sequence constructor.

Saxon availability

Available in XSLT 3.0. From Saxon 9.8, available in all editions. Implemented in Saxon-PE and Saxon-EE since Saxon 9.6. Available for all platforms.


For details see xsl:iterate.

Links to W3C specifications

XSLT 3.0 Specification

See also