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Re: Parsing arbitrary text data into an XML structure

From: "Dimitre Novatchev" <dnovatchev@-----.--->
To: NULL
Date: 1/17/2004 8:38:00 PM
"Alex K. Angelopoulos [MVP]" <aka-at-mvps-dot-org> wrote in message
news:OlvMZgS3DHA.2500@T......
> > Therefore, you have to parse the text into something initially.
> >
> > In case you are able to extract the necessary data and put it in
> > convenient internal data structures (e.g. dictionary objects each one
> > for a collection of the values for a particular name) then by using an
> > extension object it is trivial to put these values within any desired
> > xml structure.
>
> OK. That's the general technique I've been using with post-processing -
> using a dictionary, then making an XML fragment with the entries as
> parameter elements containing an id and a value which are generic text.
>
> It sounds like I just need to dig in and make a parser for appropriately
> "chunking" the standard file formats I want, and putting those into a
> dictionary.  Sound like a rational approach?

Yes. In the case of ini files I vaguely remember that there should have been
a function that does this parsing for you. Check this -- may save you
unnecessary effort.


Cheers,

Dimitre Novatchev.
FXSL developer, XML Insider,

http://fxsl.sourceforge.net/ -- the home of FXSL
Resume: http://fxsl.sf.net/DNovatchev/Resume/Res.html


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