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   RE: [xml-dev] converting a proprietary config file to XML

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This sort of conversion can be done very nicely in XSLT 2.0: I showed a very
similar example in my tutorial at XML Europe.

1. read the file using the unparsed-text() function
2. split it into lines using the tokenize() function
3. analyze each line using the <xsl:analyze-string> instruction
4. group the resulting lines hierarchically using the <xsl:for-each-group>
instruction, within a recursive template so you do the grouping repeatedly
at each level of hierarchy.

Michael Kay 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Igor [mailto:logastellus@yahoo.com] 
> Sent: 12 May 2004 14:15
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: [xml-dev] converting a proprietary config file to XML
> Perhaps someone here can help me?  I've posted this on
> newsgroups and thru IRC and no responses so far.
> I have a "*"-delimited config file for our internal
> app.  The syntax is as follows:
> param1*param2*value=3
> param1*param2*param3*value=4
> param1*value=1
> param2*value=3
> etc..
> What's the best way of doing this?  As seen from the
> example above, this lends itself to a very nice
> tree-based representation.  So I tried using an
> acyclic graph but got bogged down converting it to
> tree, the
> original idea was to first convert it to a tree, then
> traverse the tree xml-tagging it along the way.  Is
> that a good idea?
> Are there better ideas?  Thanks for your help.
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