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From Marc Portier <>
Subject Re: [cforms] New Repeater Binding Semantics (was Re: CocoonForms simple-repeater binding sample?)
Date Fri, 05 Dec 2003 14:01:04 GMT

Sylvain Wallez wrote:

<snip />

>>> I was attempting and failing to bind to an XML document.  The load 
>>> worked, but the save gave the exception.
>> Sylvain?
>> I know Sylvain created this:

>> exactly to cater for the automatic creation (factory) of DOMNodes 
>> triggered from jxpath createPath statements...
>> But I have to admit I can't find where that thingy gets registered on 
>> the jxpath context (too much relying on the advanced search of eclipse?)
> Sorry, I'm very late on all this.
> Actually, there's currently no use of this class in Cocoon samples, but 
> I use it on my projects. Here's how: in the flow, I don't load/save the 
> DOM directly, but through a JXPathContext as follows;
>  var doc = readDocument(url);
>  var bindingCtx = createBindingContext(doc);
>  form.load(bindingCtx);
>  form.showForm("pipeline");
> And here's the createBindingContext function:
> function createBindingContext(document) {
>   // Create a JXPath context on the document.
>   var xpathContext = 
>   // Set it to lenient
>   xpathContext.setLenient(true);
>   // Add the necessary factory create elements and attributes as needed 
> on non-existing paths
>   xpathContext.setFactory(new 
>   return xpathContext;
> }

Thx for explaining!

> Having to explain how this work yesterday during a training, I felt that 
> it should be better hidden in the binding machinery, since this is 
> somehow needed every time we bind a form do a DOM (unless the DOM 
> already contains the whole XML structure).
> So what about adding this into the AbstractJXPathBinding: if the object 
> passed to load/save is a Node, then add the DOMFactory automatically.
> Sylvain

Makes sense!
(that is were I was looking for the registration in the first place :-))

Only thing to look out for is the possible combination with the 
insert-node binding? (haven't checked yet how jxpath handles multiple 

On a side-note: isn't the utility class a more natural addition to 
jxpath (in the long run?)

And finally:
I'm taking it you are quite ok with the rest of the proposal?
(just wanted to check)

Marc Portier                  
Outerthought - Open Source, Java & XML Competence Support Center
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