[XML-SIG] cloneNode doesn't copy attributes?

Martin v. Loewis martin@v.loewis.de
Sun, 20 Jan 2002 11:29:26 +0100

> It seems that cloneNode in python-xml 0.7 (latest Debian unstable
> python2.2-xml) doesn't copy attributes.  Should it?  

It should; it is a typo in HTMLElement that it doesn't. Please apply
the patch

Index: HTMLElement.py
RCS file: /cvsroot/pyxml/xml/xml/dom/html/HTMLElement.py,v
retrieving revision 1.8
diff -u -r1.8 HTMLElement.py
--- HTMLElement.py	2001/02/20 01:00:04	1.8
+++ HTMLElement.py	2002/01/20 10:22:49
@@ -88,7 +88,7 @@
             if clone.localName is None:
-                self.attributes.setNamedItemNS(clone)
+                e.attributes.setNamedItemNS(clone)
         return e

> What am I doing wrong/what doco should I read?

It would be good to read the DOM specification; see


In the definition of cloneNode, it quite explicitly states what to

> I've made several attempts to write something as simple as this, but
> it seems not a trivial to determine which examples are obsolete, and
> which are preferred now (xml.dom.html_builder.HtmlBuilder and
> HtmlWriter are too old, pyexpat is too new/not for plain HTML, SAX is
> simple, but I don't want simple, rather standard and java-like, but in
> python, right? -- dazzle).

I'm not sure what 'this' is precisely; SAX is both standard and
Java-like. It is true that some examples are outdated; contributions
are welcome.