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When parsing XML into a dictionary, aggregate identical adjacent elem…

…ent values into a list, and update dictionary with key as element name and value as the aggregated list. For example, a post element can have multiple tag children. In this case, the dictionary will have a key with the tag name and list value with each tag's text.
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@@ -60,7 +60,17 @@ def __init__(self, parent_element):
# finally, if there are no child tags, extract the text
value = set_type(tag, element.text.strip())
- self.update({tag: value})
+ if childrenNames.count(tag) > 1:
+ # there are multiple instances of this tag, so they
+ # must be grouped together
+ try:
+ # append this tags text to the tag's matching list
+ self[tag].append(value)
+ except KeyError:
+ # the first for this tag
+ self.update({tag: [value]})
+ else:
+ self.update({tag: value})
class XMLList(list):

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