Ignoring XML Namespaces with cElementTree

dmtr dchichkov at gmail.com
Fri Apr 30 04:57:33 CEST 2010

I'm referring to xmlns/URI prefixes. Here's a code example:
 from xml.etree.cElementTree import iterparse
 from cStringIO import StringIO
 xml = """<root xmlns="http://www.very_long_url.com"><child/></
 for event, elem in iterparse(StringIO(xml)): print event, elem

The output is:
 end <Element '{http://www.very_long_url.com}child' at 0xb7ddfa58>
 end <Element '{http://www.very_long_url.com}root' at 0xb7ddfa40>

I don't want these "{http://www.very_long_url.com}" in front of my

They create performance disaster on large files (first cElementTree
adds them, then I have to remove them in python). Is there any way to
tell cElementTree not to mess with my tags? I need that in the
standard python distribution, not my custom cElementTree build...

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