[XML-SIG] xmllib setliteral misfeature?

Anders Qvist quest@netg.se
Sun, 19 Sep 1999 08:24:28 +0200 (CEST)

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Consider if you will, the following program:

from xmllib import XMLParser
class Parser (XMLParser):
    def __init__(self):
    def unknown_starttag (self, tag, attributes):
        print "starttag " + tag
    def unknown_endtag (self, tag):
        print "endtag " + tag
    def handle_data (self, data):
        print "data " + data
test = Parser()

According to xmllib doc, setliteral() is supposed to do the following:

   setliteral ()
          Enter literal mode (CDATA mode). This mode is automatically
          exited when the close tag matching the last unclosed open tag
          is encountered.

If I feed the XMLParser this "<jabber>123<tjipp>456</tjipp>789</jabber>"
and call setliteral() in unknown_starttag(), I interpret the above doc as
meaning that I should get the following output:

    starttag jabber
    data 123
    data <
    data tjipp>456
    data 654
    data <
    data /tjipp>
    data 789
    endtag jabber

Or something similar. I don't however. Rather I get the following:

    starttag jabber
    data 123
    data <
    data tjipp>456
    data 654
    endtag tjipp     <= Why call to unknown_endtag here?
    data 789
    endtag jabber

As you can see, the internal tag generates a call to unknown_endtag. This
does not seem to be in accordance with the docs. Is this a bug or am I
missing something? I'm using the Debian package for python, version

Anders "Quest" Qvist
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