lxml validation and xpath id function

Floris Bruynooghe floris.bruynooghe at gmail.com
Tue Jul 1 02:25:54 CEST 2008


I'm trying to use the .xpath('id("foo")') function on an lxml tree but
can't get it to work.

Given the following XML: <root><child id="foo"/></root>

And it's XMLSchema:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xs:schema xmlns:xs="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
  <xs:element name="root">
        <xs:element ref="child"/>
  <xs:element name="child">
      <xs:attribute name="id" use="required" type="xs:ID"/>

Or in more readable, compact RelaxNG, form:

element root {
   element child {
      attribute id { xsd:ID }

Now I'm trying to parse the XML and use the .xpath() method to find
the <child/> element using the id XPath function:

from lxml import etree
schema_root = etree.parse(file('schema.xsd'))
schema = etree.XMLSchema(schema_root)
parser = etree.XMLParser(schema=schema)
root = etree.fromstring('<root><child id="foo"/></root>', parser)
root.xpath('id("foo")')  --> []

I was expecting to get the <child/> element with that last statement
(well, inside a list that is), but instead I just get an empty list.
Is there anything obvious I'm doing wrong?  As far as I can see the
lxml documentation says this should work.


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