DOM question

Richard Lewis richardlewis at
Thu Jun 2 15:44:37 CEST 2005

On Thu, 02 Jun 2005 14:34:47 +0200, "Diez B. Roggisch"
<deetsNOSPAM at> said:
> > However, I got exactly the same problem: each time I use this function I
> > just get a DOM Text node with a few white space (tabs and returns) in
> > it. I guess this is the indentation in my source document? But why do I
> > not get the propert element nodes?
> Welcome to the wonderful world of DOM, Where insignificant whitespace
> becomes a first-class citizen!
> Use XPath. Really. It's well worth the effort, as it is suited for
> exactly
> the tasks you presented us, and allows for a concise formulation of
> these.
> Yours would be (untested)
> //section[id==$id_param]/node()[!name() == section]
Yes, in fact:


would do the trick.

I was trying to avoid using anything not in the standard Python
distribution if I could help it; I need to be able to use my code on
Linux, OS X and Windows.

The xml.path package is from PyXML, yes? I'll just have to battle with
installing PyXML on OS X ;-)


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