ElementTree XML parsing problem
Mike at invalid.invalid
Wed Apr 27 20:26:05 CEST 2011
I'm using ElementTree to parse an XML file, but it stops at the second
record (id = 002), which contains a non-standard ascii character, ä.
Here's the XML:
<snapshot time="Mon Apr 25 08:47:23 PDT 2011">
<record id="001" education="High School" employment="7 yrs" />
<record id="002" education="Universität Bremen" employment="3 years" />
<record id="003" education="River College" employment="5 yrs" />
The complaint offered up by the parser is
Unexpected error opening simple_fail.xml: not well-formed (invalid
token): line 5, column 40
and if I change the line to eliminate the ä, everything is wonderful.
The parser is perfectly happy with this modification:
<record id="002" education="University Bremen" employment="3 yrs" />
I can't find anything in the ElementTree docs about allowing additional
text characters or coercing strange ascii to Unicode.
Is there a way to coerce the text so it doesn't cause the parser to
raise an exception?
Here's my test script (simple_fail contains the offending line, and
simple_pass contains the line that passes).
import xml.etree.ElementTree as ET
xml_files = ['simple_fail.xml', 'simple_pass.xml']
for xml_file in xml_files:
print 'XML file: %s' % (xml_file)
tree = ET.parse(xml_file)
except Exception, inst:
print "Unexpected error opening %s: %s" % (xml_file, inst)
root = tree.getroot()
records = root.find('records')
for record in records:
print record.attrib['id'], record.attrib['education']
if __name__ == "__main__":
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