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From Simon Baker <simon.ba...@clearmoney.com>
Subject RE: Read repetitive tags as properties from an XML file
Date Tue, 27 Aug 2002 15:18:38 GMT
Hi Nicola

Thanks for the patch. Some further questions:

1. Do i need to try it out before it gets into a nightly build?
2. I've examined the source and was wondering what will happen to the
following XML:
<root>
<a atr="tag1">
	<b> one </b>
	<b> two </b>
</a>
<a atr="tag2">
	<b> three </b>
	<b> four </b>
</a>
</root>

If I understand the XMLProperty documentation the attribute value does not
influence the ant property name. 

Solutions?
------------------
1. Maybe XMLProperty can have setting where attribute value does influence
property name. For instance the above example could translate into:
root.a.atr=tag1,tag2
root.a.atr_tag1.b=one,two
root.a.atr_tag2.b=three,four
root.a.b=?maybe? one,two,three,four

2. Maybe a simple XPath like task would be more appropriate.

Any thoughts/advice?

-----Original Message-----
From: Nicola Ken Barozzi [mailto:nicolaken@apache.org]
Sent: 26 August 2002 17:14
To: Ant Users List
Subject: Re: Read repetitive tags as properties from an XML file




Simon Baker wrote:
> Problem:
> Retrieve a number of properties from a given XML file.
> Some tags are repeated in the XML file, for instance:
> <b>
>   <a> one </a>
>   <a> two </a>
>   <a> three </a>
> </b>
> The property 'b.a' in ant should be set to 'one,two,three'
> 
> Known solutions:
> 1. With xsl I have managed to convert the xml file to property file and
then
> simple load the property file. This is not ideal.
> 2. Use XMLProperty, I however could not get it to handle repetitive tags
as
> in the above example.
> 3. Write my own ant command, to retrieve repetitive tags.
> 
> Any better ideas?

Added a patch to do as you ask :-)

http://nagoya.apache.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=12045

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Nicola Ken Barozzi                   nicolaken@apache.org
             - verba volant, scripta manent -
    (discussions get forgotten, just code remains)
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