[XML-SIG] get the abolute path for a node

Rich Salz rsalz at datapower.com
Thu Aug 5 18:37:39 CEST 2004

FYI, here is how ZSI does it; walking *up* from an element to a provided 

def _backtrace(elt, dom):
     '''Return a "backtrace" from the given element to the DOM root,
     in XPath syntax.
     s = ''
     while elt != dom:
         name, parent = elt.nodeName, elt.parentNode
         if parent is None: break
         matches = [ c for c in _child_elements(parent)
                         if c.nodeName == name ]
         if len(matches) == 1:
             s = '/' + name + s
             i = matches.index(elt) + 1
             s = ('/%s[%d]' % (name, i)) + s
         elt = parent
     return s

Rich Salz, Chief Security Architect
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