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From robert burrell donkin <robertburrelldon...@blueyonder.co.uk>
Subject Re: XML as script -or- XML processing engine
Date Fri, 02 May 2003 07:19:36 GMT
i think that you need some jelly :)

http://jakarta.apache.org/commons/jelly/index.html

- robert

On Thursday, May 1, 2003, at 08:06 PM, Xephyrus wrote:

> Greetings,
>
>
> Last week I suddenly had a project foisted on me to build a template
> engine for munging flat-files of various formats.  Oh, and I had 3
> days to do it in.
>
>
> I knew exactly what we needed: something that worked like JSP's in
> that we could write beans to perform our custom, proprietary (or
> maybe not so much) data-munging tasks and bind them to tags through
> configuration.
>
>
> I thought that must be what XSLT is all about.  So I spent half a day
> or so trying to figure out how to get XSLT to work with flat files.
> I finally decided that you just can't get there from here and went
> looking for some other tool to do what I needed.
>
>
> I did find XML For All (XFA) and XMLScript, but those seem to be
> one-off projects rather than community- and standards-oriented
> project.
>
>
> So: Did I miss something?  Is there something already in existence or
> even in planning that would provide a flexible and definable XML tag
> processing engine?  If so, details please.  If not, is there some
> reason not to do that?  Is there any interest in doing it?
>
>
> I apologize if this has already been discussed.  The archives have
> been down so I wasn't able to troll them before posting this.
>
>
> Oh, and BTW: I ended up writing my own engine to get by.  I used SAX
> to do the parsing, implemented a stack for parent-child
> relationships, and a history list with replayability for iteration.
> It's not the most elegant design, but I was able to get it in place
> with the needed tag code to meet the deadline.
>
>
> .  Topher
>
>
>
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