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06-01-2001, 09:58 AM
Here is the contents of a small test xml file I created, - note i've just replaced the square brackets with standard ones so it'll show up on the board.

(?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?)
(name)Joe Bloggs(/name)

Here is the actionscript I am using, (taken from a tutorial I found here somewhere but altered a bit)-


myXML = new XML();
myXML.onLoad = convertXML;
status = "Loading data...";
function convertXML () {
if (this.loaded) {
status = "Data loaded.";
mainTag = new XML();
elementTag = new XML();
articleList = new Array();
elementList = new Array();
// first get a handle on the first actual element in the document.
// note we skip to the nextSibling element, since the first element
// is a document definition tag.
mainTag = this.firstChild.nextSibling;
// make sure we have the right parent tag. Do this by looking at the nodeName property
// for this object. This will correspond exactly to the <nodeName>, where nodeName is replaced
// with the name of your xml tag
if (mainTag.nodeName.toLowerCase() == "xmlbody") {
// if we have a match, we collect all of the articles beneath it as an array of xml objects
articleList = mainTag.childNodes;
// now we loop over all the articles and look for the tags we are looking for...
status = "";
for (i=0; i<=articleList.length; i++) {
// initialize a couple of variables to hold xml data we want displayed
name = "";
age = "";
email = "";
if (articleList[i].nodeName.toLowerCase() == "userdata") {
// we get the child node array beneath the articles, aka the meat and potatoes we are after
elementList = articleList[i].childNodes;
// and loop through that looking for the data we need
for (j=0; j<=elementList.length; j++) {
elementTag = elementList[j];
elementType = elementTag.nodeName.toLowerCase();
if (elementType == "name") {
name = elementTag.firstChild.nodeValue;
} else {
if (elementType == "age") {
age = elementTag.firstChild.nodeValue;
mydata += "Data: "+name+"Age= "+age;


As you can see in my xml document, I do not have a document type definition, so logically I replaced the,

mainTag = this.firstChild.nextSibling;


mainTag = this.firstChild;

Problem is, this doesn't work. It still requires the .nextSibling on the end, when clearly I shouldn't need it.

What is going wrong here. Thanks for your help. Just thought I'd better get up to scratch on xml, having never touched it before.

[Edited by Shad0w on 06-01-2001 at 10:02 AM]

06-01-2001, 11:31 AM
The following is the first child in the document

(?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?)

you are using nextsibling to pass by it to its next sibling, in this case {xmlbody}.

06-01-2001, 05:25 PM
If that were true, then everything would be fine, unfortunately, it isn't.

Having read through a couple of threads on this board I've discovered that Flash recognises white space/carriage returns as nodes, therefor it is seeing the first carriage return as the .firstChild element, not as you suggested the (?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?).

Which means it is seeing the root tag (xmlbody in my case) as the .nextSibling

This makes sense now. Still a pain in the but though.