Module MXLM

Minimal XML support.

This module is a very simple, fast and powerful XML parser and generator. It's not designed to be DOM compliant; W3C DOM compliancy requires some constraints that slows down the implementation and burden the interface. We'll provide a DOM compliant XML parser module in future, but for now we thought that a minimal, efficient and effective interface to handle XML documents was more important (and more helpful for our users) than compliancy with standard interfaces.

In this version, the module has one important limitation: it is not able to self-detect the encoding of the XML document. It must be fed with a stream already instructed to use the proper encoding. Self-detection of document encoding will be added in the next release.

MXML has also two major design limitations: it doesn't handle XML namespaces and it doesn't provide schema validation. This module is meant to be a very simple and slim interface to XML documents, and those features are rarely, if ever, needed in the application domain which this module is aimed to cover.

Note: In case of need, it is possible to set namespaced node name by including ":" in their definition. Just, MXML doesn't provide a separate and specific management of namespaces, while it allows to define and maitnain namespaces at application level.

Apart from this limitations, the support for XML files is complete and features as advanced search patterns, node retrival through XML paths, and comment node management are provided.

To access the functionalities of this module, load it with the instruction

   load mxml


MXMLDocumentEncapsulates a complete XML document.
MXMLErrorError raised by the MXML module in case of problems.
MXMLNodeMinimal entity of the XML document.


MXMLErrorCodeEnumeartion listing the possible numeric error codes raised by MXML.
MXMLStyleDocument serialization options.
MXMLTypeNode types.

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