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   Re: [xml-dev] Converting XML

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On Tue, Dec 28, 2004 at 03:57:11PM -0500, tedd wrote:
> Hi xml-peoples:
> What's the easiest way to go from:
>     <booktitle>Understanding XML</booktitle>
> and convert it to:
>      <em class="booktitle">Understanding XML</em>

XSLT has already been mentioned.

You could alo use Perl in this case --
perl -p -e 's{<booktitle>(.*?)</booktitle>}{<em class="booktitle">$1</em>}g'

The .*? means "shortest match", so as to avoid problms if you have more
than one booktitle element.

However, if you're doing any significant amount of XML processing,
you'll find XSLT worth learning.  It's a declarative almost-functional
language, in many ways similar to Scheme.  But you can do a lot
with it without knowing that :-)


Liam Quin, W3C XML Activity Lead, http://www.w3.org/People/Quin/


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