Thanks for your response )
- ability to get parent node without .xpath('../') which seems overkill to me Yeah, though I'm a bit wary of extending the ElementTree API so fundamentally. Since we have the ability with libxml2, we should exploit it though, I guess.
ElementTree does not have it cause one element could be subelement of different parents by implementation I guess. libxml2 has strict limitation in that case. may be we can add .find('..') as alternative? (although I would not need that functionality in case we have ability to get absolute xpath)
- ability to get absolute xpath of node This one I need to think about; I believe libxml2 has a facility for this, but research would need to be done. If you can find out the API in libxml2 and submit a patch, that'd be great!
afaik there is no one-api-function-call way to do it. but I need that strongly and I would try to implement it anyway. may be you can give some tips on it?