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Re: [xml-dev] SAX Parsing of an XML file

Very briefly, your application would implement the ContentHandler
interface with something like:

boolean processingInfoContent=false;
StringBuffer infoText = new StringBuffer();

public void startElement(String uri, String localName, String qname,
AttributeList atts)
   if ((uri == null) && (localName.equals("info")))
      processingInfoContent = true;

public void characters(char[] ch, int start, int length)
   if (processingInfoContent)
      infoText.append(ch, start, length);

public void endElement(String uri, String localName))
   if ((uri == null) && (localName.equals("info")))
      processingInfoContent = false;

One thing to remember here is that the whitespace contained in infoText
will depend on whether you are using a validating parser. If so, and the
content model of <info> is element-only (as opposed to mixed), then the
"ignorable" whitespace will be reported in
ContentHandler.ignorableWhitespace and infoText will be:


. If not, and the parser chooses to ignore the DTD (if there is one),
infoText will include all white space -- that is, it will be:


-- Ron

Paul Johnston wrote:
> Please excuse my ignorance of XML.
> I've been using "XML" in various forms for a while now, but have been using DOM most of the time to do the work.
> I've just picked up SAX and it's brilliant for the right purpose, however...
> I want to be able to grab all of the character data for a specific tag (this is dummy XML and not very good dummy XML at that):
> <xml>
>   <mytag>
>     <info>
>       <doc>
>         <author>Me</author>
>         <date>today</date>
>       </doc>
>     </info>
>     <importantbit>
>        .... doesn't matter what's in here ....
>     </importantbit>
>   </mytag>
> </xml>
> My question is (using JAXP) how can I retrieve all the text in the <info></info> tags?  There isn't a simple way of doing it straight from the API.
> Just wondering...
> Paul
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Ronald Bourret
Programming, Writing, and Training
XML, Databases, and Schemas