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From Stefan Bodewig <>
Subject XMLFragment
Date Thu, 27 Nov 2003 12:15:02 GMT

I've just added a utility class to CVS HEAD that can be used to turn
nested content into a DOMFragment (not necessarily a tree).  I.e., if
you use it as your nested element like

    public void addContext(XMLFragment f)

you can get the DOMFragment corresponding to the structure nested into
<content> from

     <some-element>with nested text</some-element>
     <and-another-one with="parameters"/>

via f.getFragment()

Dominique has posted similar code here and on the user list a couple
of times and Upayavira needed something like this for his cocoon Ant
task.  I will need it for my <nant> and <msbuild> sandbox tasks.

Some notes:

* it doesn't deal very well with mixed content - but this is a general
  problem of all Ant elements.

* Namespace support is not complete.  Peter, correct me if I'm wrong.
  I can get the namespace URI and the local name, but I can't get
  access to the prefix actually used on the elements when I use the
  DynamicConfigurator interface.

  Right now I don't parse the name at all, it may be better to extract
  the namespace URI and the local name (currently commented out in the
  committed code) instead.

* I've put it into the util package.  types would be an alternative.

* Even though I'll have to copy it into my dotnet antlib sandbox if I
  want to use it and Ant 1.6 together, I'd still prefer to keep it
  outside of the 1.6 branch in order to not push too many things into
  1.6 anymore.



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