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node-xml

(C) Rob Righter (@robrighter) 2009 - 2010, Licensed under the MIT-LICENSE Contributions from David Joham

node-xml is an xml parser for node.js written in javascript.

Install

    npm install node-xml

API

SaxParser

Node-xml provides a SAX2 parser interface that can take a string, file. The parser can take characters from the document in chunks. To send chunks of the document to the parser use 'parseString(xml)'

SAX Parser

new xml.SaxParser()

* Instantiate a new SaxParser
* returns: a SaxParser object

new xml.SaxParser(callback)

* Instantiate a new SaxParser
* returns: a SaxParser object
* Arguments
    *callback - a function that accepts the new sax parser as an argument

Parse

parser.parseString(string)

Parse an in memory string

  • return: boolean. true if no errors, false otherwise
  • Arguments
    • string - a string representing the document to parse

parser.parseFile(filename)

Parse a file

  • return: boolean. true if no errors, false otherwise
  • Arguments
    • filename - a string representing the file to be parsed

parser.pause()

pauses parsing of the document

parser.resume()

resumes parsing of the document

Callbacks

parser.onStartDocument(function() {})

Called at the start of a document

parse.onEndDocument(function() {})

Called at the end of the document parse

parser.onStartElementNS(function(elem, attrs, prefix, uri, namespaces) {})

Called on an open element tag

  • Arguments
    • elem - a string representing the element name
    • attrs - an array of arrays: [[key, value], [key, value]]
    • prefix - a string representing the namespace prefix of the element
    • uri - the namespace URI of the element
    • namespaces - an array of arrays: [[prefix, uri], [prefix, uri]]

parser.onEndElementNS(function(elem, prefix, uri) {})

Called at the close of an element

  • Arguments
    • elem - a string representing the element name
    • prefix - a string representing the namespace prefix of the element
    • uri - the namespace URI of the element

parser.onCharacters(function(chars) {})

Called when a set of content characters is encountered

  • Arguments
    • chars - a string of characters

parser.onCdata(function(cdata) {})

Called when a CDATA is encountered

  • Arguments
    • cdata - a string representing the CDATA

parser.onComment(function(msg) {})

Called when a comment is encountered

  • Arguments
    • msg - a string representing the comment

parser.onWarning(function(msg) {})

Called when a warning is encountered

  • Arguments
    • msg - a string representing the warning message

parser.onError(function(msg) {})

Called when an error is encountered

  • Arguments * msg - a string representing the error message

EXAMPLE USAGE

var util = require('util');
var xml = require("./lib/node-xml");

var parser = new xml.SaxParser(function(cb) {
  cb.onStartDocument(function() {

  });
  cb.onEndDocument(function() {

  });
  cb.onStartElementNS(function(elem, attrs, prefix, uri, namespaces) {
      util.log("=> Started: " + elem + " uri="+uri +" (Attributes: " + JSON.stringify(attrs) + " )");
  });
  cb.onEndElementNS(function(elem, prefix, uri) {
      util.log("<= End: " + elem + " uri="+uri + "\n");
         parser.pause();// pause the parser
         setTimeout(function (){parser.resume();}, 200); //resume the parser
  });
  cb.onCharacters(function(chars) {
      //util.log('<CHARS>'+chars+"</CHARS>");
  });
  cb.onCdata(function(cdata) {
      util.log('<CDATA>'+cdata+"</CDATA>");
  });
  cb.onComment(function(msg) {
      util.log('<COMMENT>'+msg+"</COMMENT>");
  });
  cb.onWarning(function(msg) {
      util.log('<WARNING>'+msg+"</WARNING>");
  });
  cb.onError(function(msg) {
      util.log('<ERROR>'+JSON.stringify(msg)+"</ERROR>");
  });
});


//example read from chunks
parser.parseString("<html><body>");
parser.parseString("<!-- This is the start");
parser.parseString(" and the end of a comment -->");
parser.parseString("and lots");
parser.parseString("and lots of text&am");
parser.parseString("p;some more.");
parser.parseString("<![CD");
parser.parseString("ATA[ this is");
parser.parseString(" cdata ]]>");
parser.parseString("</body");
parser.parseString("></html>");

//example read from file
parser.parseFile("sample.xml");
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