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Less-Than XML

  • Element: any XML Element
  • Text nodes are Strings

Element traversal

  • Element(name, attrs?): constructor
  • is(name, xmlns?): check
  • getName(): name without ns prefix
  • getNS(): element's xmlns, respects prefixes and searches upwards
  • findNS(prefix?): search for xmlns of a prefix upwards
  • getChild(name, xmlns?): find one children
  • getChildren(name, xmlns?): find all children
  • getText(): appends all text nodes recursively
  • getChildText(name): a child's text contents
  • root(): uppermost parent in the tree
  • up(): parent or self

Element attributes

  • attrs is an object of the Element's attributes
  • name contains optional prefix, colon, name
  • parent points to its parent, this should always be consistent with children
  • children is an Array of Strings and Elements

Building XML Elements

This resembles strophejs a bit.

strophejs' XML Builder is very convenient for producing XMPP stanzas. node-xmpp includes it in a much more primitive way: the c(), cnode() and t() methods can be called on any Element object, returning the child element.

This can be confusing: in the end, you will hold the last-added child until you use up(), a getter for the parent. Connection.send() first invokes tree() to retrieve the uppermost parent, the XMPP stanza, before sending it out the wire.

Destructive manipulation

Please always make sure parent and children are consistent. Don't append children of other parents to your own element. We're not adoption-safe!


  • More documentation
  • More tests (Using Vows)
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