dealing with nested xml within nested xml within......

Stefan Behnel stefan.behnel-n05pAM at
Mon Jul 9 23:00:32 CEST 2007

Ultrus wrote:
> I don't need specific examples, but I'm trying to wrap my head around
> parsing xml within xml and even further, not limiting how far someone
> will nest xml. I'm already making great use of BeautifulSoup's
> BeautifulStoneSoup to parse xml, but what do I do if I come across
> something like this?
> <random>
>    <li>This is a random response (once parsed)</li>
>    <li>
>       <random>
>          <li>This is a random response within a random response</li>
>          <li>
>             <random>
>                <li>This is a random response within a random response,
> within another random response</li>
>                <li>Like above, this is another random response.</li>
>             </random>
>          </li>
>       </random>
>    </li>
> </random>
> Not knowing how far one will nest random responses, how would one
> manage digging into xml like this?

I don't know what you want to do with this document, but you might want to
consider using lxml.etree to handle it:

  >>> from lxml import etree
  >>> tree = etree.parse("myfile.xml")

  >>> for random in tree.getiterator("random"):
  ...     for li in random:
  ...         if li.text.strip():
  ...             print li.text


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