hxt-filter-8.4.2: A collection of tools for processing XML with Haskell (Filter variant).



Simple parse functions.

the main building blocks for an application. this module exports complex filters and functions for common tasks for input and parsing, output and option handling.



getXmlDocument :: Attributes -> String -> IO (XmlTree, XmlTrees, Int)Source

convenient function for reading a XML document without dealing with state monads, error messages collection and other details

getXmlDocument calls parseDocument with the list of parsing options and an url or filename as document source.

result is a triple

  • the resulting document tree with a root node containing all meta info about the document (options, status info, http header, ...)
  • the list of errors and warnings
  • the error level: one of c_ok, c_warn, c_err, c_fatal

example for input (see also example in putXmlDocument and example in writeDocument)

 main :: IO ()
   = do
     (res, errs, rc) <- getXmlDocument [] "test.xml"
     if rc >= c_err
       then issueErrors errs
       else processTree res

 issueErrors :: XmlTrees -> IO ()

 processTree :: XmlTree  -> IO ()

for options see parseDocument, a_collect_errors is set implicitly

putXmlDocument :: Attributes -> String -> XmlTree -> IO (XmlTrees, Int)Source

the inverse operation to getXmlDocument

writes a complete document tree to a file, writing can be controlled by options, the real work is done with filter writeDocument. useful options are the options of writeDocument.

result is a pair: 1.part is a list of error messages, 2. part is the return code, the status info of the write filter

this filter is useful, when processing XML in an arbitray context in the IO monad

an example main program for such an application is:

 main :: IO ()
   = do
     (input, readErrs, rc) <- getXmlDocument [...] "test.xml"
     if rc >= c_err
       then issueErrors readErrs
       else processTree input

 processTree :: XmlTree -> IO ()
 processTree t
   = let res = computeNewTree input
     in do
        (writeErrs, rc2) <- putXmlDocument [...] "out.xml" res
        if rc2 >= c_err
          then issueErrors writeErrs
          else return ()

 issueErrors :: XmlTrees -> IO ()

 computeNewTree :: XmlTree -> XmlTree

parseDocument :: Attributes -> XmlStateFilter stateSource

the main parsing filter

this filter can be configured by an option list, a list of option name, option value pairs. the input tree must be a possibly empty document root tree. all the options are stored as attributes in this root node to control processing.

available options:

  • a_parse_html: use HTML parser, else use XML parser (default)
  • a_validate : validate document (default), else skip validation
  • a_check_namespaces : check namespaces, else skip namespace processing (default)
  • a_canonicalize : canonicalize document (default), else skip canonicalization
  • a_preserve_comment : preserve comments during canonicalization, else remove comments (default)
  • a_remove_whitespace : remove all whitespace, used for document indentation, else skip this step (default)
  • a_indent : indent document by inserting whitespace, else skip this step (default)
  • a_issue_warnings : issue warnings, when parsing HTML (default), else ignore HTML parser warnings
  • a_issue_errors : issue all error messages on stderr (default), or ignore all error messages
  • a_collect_errors : all error messages are collected during processing and appended to the result document for further processing within the calling modules
  • a_trace : trace level: values: 0 -4
  • a_proxy : proxy for http access, e.g. www-cache:3128
  • a_use_curl : for http access via external programm curl, default is native HTTP access
  • a_options_curl : more options for external program curl
  • a_source : the document source url
  • a_encoding : default document encoding (utf8, isoLatin1, usAscii, ...)


 parseDocument [ (a_source,   "test.xml")
               , (a_validate, "0")
               , (a_encoding, isoLatin1)
               ] emptyRoot

reads document "test.xml" without validation and default encoding isoLatin1

 parseDocument [ (a_source,         "http://www.haskell.org/")
               , (a_parse_html,     "1")
               , (a_proxy,          "www-cache:3128")
               , (a_curl,           "1")
               , (a_issue_warnings, "0")
               ] emptyRoot

reads Haskell homepage with HTML parser ignoring any warnings and with http access via external program curl and proxy "www-cache" at port 3128

 parseDocument [ (a_source,            "http://www.w3c.org/")
               , (a_parse_html,        "0")                       -- default
               , (a_validate,          "1")                       -- default
               , (a_check_namespace,   "1")
               , (a_remove_whitespace, "1")
               , (a_trace,             "2")
               ] emptyRoot

read w3c home page, validate and chech namespaces, remove whitespace between tags, trace activities with level 2

 parseDocument [ (a_source,   "test.xml")
               , (a_validate,        "1")
               , (a_check_namespace, "1")
               , (a_collect_errors,  "1")
               , (a_issue_errors,    "0")
               ] emptyRoot

reads file "test.xml", validates it, checks namespaces, does not issue any erros but collects errors and appends the list of errors to the single element list for the document. this enables the calling application to define own error handlers.

writeDocument :: Attributes -> XmlStateFilter stateSource

the main filter for writing documents

this filter can be configured by an option list like getXmlDocument

available options are

a typical main program running in the XmlState monad has the following structure:

 main :: IO ()
     = do
       argv <- getArgs                                              -- get the commandline arguments
       (inp, outp, options) <- cmdlineOpts argv                     -- and evaluate them, return a key-value list
                                                                    -- and input and output
       res  <- run' $ application inp outp options $ emptyRoot      -- run the application
       exitWith (if null res
                 then ExitFailure (-1)
                 else exitSuccess

 application :: String -> String -> Attributes -> XmlStateFilter ()
 application inp outp al
   = parseDocument (al ++ [(a_source, inp)])                        -- set options and source
     .>>                                                            -- and parse document
     processDocument                                                -- the hard work
     writeDocument [(a_output_file, outp)]                          -- issue results
     checkStatus                                                    -- check errors