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> I didn't say it was easy. I said it was disappointing that the average
> programmer can't just output a little bit of XML -- a config file,
> for example -- without some heavyweight API. That would mean, for
> example, embedded returns -- unnormalized line-end -- are out of
> scope for what I was talking about.
Well, for simple files where you __know__ you will not run into the harder
problems - like some of those config files, say, - and especially if you
know there will not be attributes - I like to use a little element generator
that returns a complete element as a string. That way it is well-formed,
and you can use it recursively.
It could look like this -
result = element('div','This is the content')
result += element('p', element('b','Let us start with bold') + 'this is not
You use string or RE replace to handle the more obvious escaping and do not
worry about empty element syntax. Very easy to program, gives you
well-formed output (modulo encoding, but just stick with ASCII or iso-8859-x
if you know your editor will produce it), flexible to use. Extending it to
attributes is not hard, __if__ you know your input won't come from James
Clark or some other trickster.
way. It is better than writing the string fragments, much better. It is
only good when you __know__ you will not bump up against all the nasties.
Of course, how can a newbie know that??? Oh well...