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From Dominique Devienne <>
Subject Re: Weird observation with echoxml w.r.t. order of node text
Date Fri, 08 Apr 2011 18:49:00 GMT
On Fri, Apr 8, 2011 at 11:10 AM, Parag Doke <> wrote:
> Notice that the "text outside the child node" appears before the child
> node itself, though it was after the child node in the original input to echoxml task.

I vaguely recall that when I wrote <echoxml> (Stefan is the one who
introduced it into Ant and enhanced it) there was a limitation linked
to how Ant's project parsing code merged all XML text nodes of an
element into a single string. I think I considered at the time using a
specially recognized nested element whose's nested text would be
output as-is w/o the outer special element itself to work around that
limitation, but <echoxml> was just a "little experiment". <echoxml> is
based on Ant's "dynamic task" mechanism which does not see the raw XML
infoset (like a SAX handler would for example), so concats all text
nodes of a given element, and ignore PI's as another poster noted.
Note that what I'm writing above could be obsolete, it's all "off the
top of the head".

So yeah, I'm afraid it's by design... A proper <echoxml> was need
access to the full infoset provided by the parser, and thus require
deeper changes into Ant core to provide that infoset. --DD

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