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  • From: "Matthew Sergeant (EML)" <Matthew.Sergeant@eml.ericsson.se>
  • To: "'Perl-XML Mailing List'" <perl-xml@listserv.activestate.com>, "'XML-Dev Mailing list'" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 22 Dec 1998 14:59:06 +0100


Sorry to XML-Dev people who aren't interested in web based XML, or perl.

This is a first stab at a module to create XML from HTML forms via the
CGI.pm library. It uses a naming convention for form variables to construct
arbitrary XML on the server. The naming convention is:

<input name="root:branch1(attrib=Val):branch2">

and for attribute setting:

<input name="root:branch1(attrib=Val):branch2:branch3(AttName=?)">

It's far from perfect, the elements must come in the order that they are to
appear in the XML, and the use of colons prevents the use of namespaces (but
that can change to e.g. forward slashes), and there are numerous bugs, but
it could be of use to some people.

Please provide me with as much feedback as possible. Things I'm interested
in are:

The design of the naming convention
Module Design

Bugs that I know about are: 
- It doesn't cope particularly well with attributes
- It doesn't do any escaping (i.e. put an & in your form and it will just
put an ampersand in the XML).
- It may have problems with certain XML structures, such as repeating groups
of elements.

And Merry Christmas Everyone!

Perl on Win32, PerlScript, ASP, Database, XML
GCS(GAT) d+ s:+ a-- C++ UL++>UL+++$ P++++$ E- W+++ N++ w--@$ O- M-- !V 
!PS !PE Y+ PGP- t+ 5 R tv+ X++ b+ DI++ D G-- e++ h--->z+++ R+++

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