XML help needed
buzzard at urubu.freeserve.co.uk
Mon Nov 26 20:50:52 CET 2001
"Martin von Loewis" <loewis at informatik.hu-berlin.de> wrote in message
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> "Duncan Smith" <buzzard at urubu.freeserve.co.uk> writes:
> > Thanks for the reply. Basically I have an XML file containing data
> > that I need as various Python objects (strings, lists, arrays etc.).
> > I don't need to make changes to XML files, although I might want to
> > write data to new XML files of the same type (same DTD).
> I see. In that case, I recommend to use plain print statements to
> generate the XML (or other means of string processing, like collecting
> pieces of the document in a list). This is easier than generating a
> DOM or SAX in-memory representation, and then serializing it.
> > (I don't really want to have to learn about XSL, XSLT, X-path, SAX,
> > DOM, Pyxie etc. unless I know it's going to be useful.)
> Depending on the exact processing job, XSLT may be indeed useful. If
> you know that the output only depends on the input, then writing a
> style sheet that does the transformation, without writing a line of
> Python, might be possible.
> > Learning all that lot would be a lot of effort to achieve what I
> > need. So if you (or anyone) could give me advice along the lines of
> > "DOM would be appropriate but you'll have to know... as well", then
> > I'd be grateful.
> DOM alone will allow you to get all information from the document, in
> a moderatly convenient way. If you find to that you write algorithms
> of the kind
> Starting from the root, go to the first child element "foo", then to
> the last child element "bar", and take its "foobar" attribute value
> than XPath would help to tighten your code.
> > Martin, you were bang on with the 'invalid XML' thing. Cheers.
> That's a phrase (to be bang on) that is beyond my English
> understanding. I take it to mean something good, in absence of a clear
> understanding :-)
Spot on, exactly right. My application's based on graphical models, so DOM
kind of appeals to me. Thanks for your reply, and thanks to Paul for his.
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