[XML-SIG] ANN: XIST 2.0
Wed, 16 Oct 2002 19:39:14 +0200
XIST 2.0 has been released!
What is it?
XIST is an XML-based extensible HTML generator written in Python.
XIST is also a DOM parser (built on top of SAX2) with a very simple
and Pythonesque tree API. Every XML element type corresponds to a
Python class, and these Python classes provide a conversion method
to transform the XML tree (e.g., into HTML). XIST can be considered
"object oriented XSL".
What's new in version 2.0?
* XIST now requires at least Python 2.2.1.
* Attribute handling has been largely rewritten. Instead of a class
attribute attrHandlers, the attributes are now defined by deriving
from the builtin attribute classes. The benefits: docstrings,
default values, sets of allowed attribute values and whether
a attribute is required can now be specified.
* XIST now has namespace support for parsing and publishing.
Namespace support is even available for entities and
* Global attributes are supported now. Namespace modules for the
xml and xlink namespaces have been added.
* A new namespace module for SVG 1.0 has been added.
* The HTML specific parts of ll.xist.ns.specials have been split
off into a separate module ll.xist.ns.htmlspecials.
* Comparison of attributes with strings has been removed.
* The HTMLParser now removes unknown attributes instead of
* There is a new parser class BadEntityParser, which recognizes
the character entities defined in HTML and tries to pass on
unknown or malformed entities to the handler literally.
* Many other small bug fixes and enhancements.
For changes in older versions see:
Where can I get it?
XIST can be downloaded from
Web pages are at
ViewCVS access is available at