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Re: [xml-dev] Lightweight browser-based XML / Form editor for taxonomieswith support for nesting /recursion

Hello Lech,

XForms doesn't deal with recursion but XPath helps! ;-)

If you use <xf:repeat nodeset="/descendant::*">, you can access all the 
elements in the tree order.

Using this, I wrote a basic XML editor with my own XForms implementation 
(XSLTForms) which I demonstrated at MarkLogic Demo Jam at XML Prague 2011.


> Hi.
> What would you recommend for authoring XML structures that look more
> or less like this:
> <root_element>
>      <group xml:id="1">
>          <name>A</name>
>          <group xml:id="2">
>              <name>B</name>
>              <group xml:id="3">
>                  <name>C</name>
>                  <item xml:id="4">
>                      <name>D</name>
>                      <source></source>
>                  </item>
>              </group>
>          </group>
>      </group>
> </root_element>
> Generally this is supposed to represent taxonomies in XML and the
> deepest I have witnessed so far is 9 levels deep, but not necessarily
> the limit, the taxonomies tend to get quite big as well, so I guess
> it'd be good to only fetch a portion of the whole tree at a time...
> XML seems like a perfect fit for representing such a taxonomy (is it?
> - another discussion I guess) but I'm looking for an easy way to
> prototype authoring of it - some button to add group or an item and
> ideally a treeview UI element with a possibility of
> collapsing/expanding portions of the tree.
> So far I have looked at Axel and XForms but they don't seem to deal
> with recursion that well (or do they)? Any suggestion are welcome -
> perhaps a js library or a server-side framework - as long as it is sth
> that will get me there with the least amount of plumbing...
> Lech
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