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- Subject: [ANN] lxml -- a library for parsing XML data into Lua tables
- From: Luiz Henrique de Figueiredo <lhf@...>
- Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 23:31:57 -0200
My barebones library for parsing XML data into Lua tables based on expat
is available at
It works for both Lua 5.2 and 5.1. Here is interesting part of README:
The library exports just one function, which is returned by require"xml".
This function parses a XML text in a Lua string and returns a Lua table.
Every XML element in the string is represented by a table t. The element's
name is stored in t. The element's attributes are stored as key-value
pairs in t. The element's children are stored in t, ..., t[#t]. These
are text and sub-elements, in the order they appear in the XML string.
If an error is found, the parse function returns nil, an error message,
and the position of the error in the string.
test.lua shows the library in action. In particular, it shows how to
remove empty strings consisting of whitespace only and how to simplify
the tables by moving string data to table entries; many but not all XML
files are like that. Neither task is necessary but they can simplify
processing when applicable. In any case, the code in test.lua is just
sample code. Adapt it to your needs.
The code is in the public domain. All feedback is welcome.
Please send comments, suggestions, and bug reports to me directly.