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   Non-XML documents to XML Converter?

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 17 May 1999 15:12:11 -0400 (EDT)

Roger L. Costello writes:

 > Anyone have a tool that converts a document that is formatted in a
 > non-XML syntax into XML?

Perl -- it's hideously ugly, but most of the world uses it and it runs
pretty fast (especially when pattern matching).

Here's a ten-line Perl program that will convert most non-XML text
files to XML (as long as they don't contain control characters):

  print "<?xml version=\"1.0\"?>\n<junk>";
  while (<>) {
    if (/[&<>]/) {
  print "</junk>"; 

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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