[sword-devel] Improvements to osis2mod to handle XML comments and <header> correctly

DM Smith dmsmith at crosswire.org
Mon Apr 5 05:21:03 MST 2010


Sorry for the late reply. This patch looks good and we'll commit it shortly.

Regarding using a "real" parser, it is a good idea. But we don't want 
SWORD to be dependant on an external parser. The only way I see us doing 
it is to implement the SAX interface ourselves but allow for an 
alternative implementation to be used. I don't think that would be too 
hard or that much of a change.

In Him,

On 02/04/2010 05:31 AM, John Zaitseff wrote:
> Dear SWORD developers,
> Firstly, thanks for developing the SWORD library!  I have been using
> this library, in conjunction with the BibleTime front-end, for many
> years.
> I have recently started to develop some OSIS documents of my own.
> In doing so, I found that the XML parser in osis2mod is somewhat
> fragile---something that you are, no doubt, aware of.
> In particular, osis2mod does not handle XML comments at all, nor
> does it correctly parse the<header>  element.  Being able to handle
> XML comments is, I think, quite important---I like to document the
> SVN revision ID, for example, in an XML comment.
> Furthermore, the osis2mod XML parser looks for the first<div>  in
> the document, no matter where that occurs.  In particular, if the
> OSIS document includes a<revisionDesc>  tag in the header, it will
> have<p>  tags as well---which will be translated by transformBSP()
> into<div>  tags---and get used as the starting point for the
> document!
> For this reason, I have generated a quick patch that will solve
> these particular problems.  Could you please apply it to the SVN
> head for utilities/osis2mod.cpp.  Comments are handled similar to
> spaces: they are skipped.  And handleToken() now looks for the first
> <div>  after the</revision>  end tag.
> In general, I think that (perhaps eventually) the proper way to
> parse XML is to use a library like libxml---which is designed
> specifically for this purpose.
> Yours truly,
> John Zaitseff
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