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   parsing XML using regular expressions

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: XML-Dev Mailing list <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 09 Aug 2000 12:39:45 -0400

We have occasional battles here about the wisdom of using
non-XML-parser-based tools to process XML, and regular expressions always
seem to come up.

I've got a reader question that sort of ties into a (non-regex-based) Java
project I'm working on, about the viability of regex and other text-based
processing for XML work.

Has anyone written a generic XML parser, even a somewhat broken one, that's
built on regular expressions?  I remember hearing of something a long while
ago, but I can't find it.

I'm not concerned with the efficiency/viability/profitability/wisdom of
such a solution, just whether or not it's been done - especially if it's
available open source.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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