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XML (Extensible Markup Language) is a structured document format defining text encoding rules. When using this tag include additional tags such as programming language, tool sets, XML technologies being used, and other tags describing the environment of the problem posted. XML flexibility lends to a wide variety of uses for human and machine data transfer so be specific as to tools and libraries.

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How do you parse and process HTML/XML in PHP?

How can one parse HTML/XML and extract information from it?
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What does <![CDATA[]]> in XML mean?

I often find this strange CDATA tag in XML files: <![CDATA[some stuff]]> I have observed that this CDATA tag always comes at the beginning, and then followed by some stuff. But sometimes it ...
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How to parse XML and get instances of a particular node attribute?

I have many rows in XML and I'm trying to get instances of a particular node attribute. <foo> <bar> <type foobar="1"/> <type foobar="2"/> &...
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What characters do I need to escape in XML documents?

What characters must be escaped in XML documents, or where could I find such a list?
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What's "tools:context" in Android layout files?

Starting with a recent new version of ADT, I've noticed this new attribute on the layout XML files, for example: <LinearLayout xmlns:android="" xmlns:...
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Text editor to open big (giant, huge, large) text files [closed]

I mean 100+ MB big; such text files can push the envelope of editors. I need to look through a large XML file, but cannot if the editor is buggy. Any suggestions?
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How do I comment out a block of tags in XML?

How do I comment out a block of tags in XML? I.e. How can I comment out <staticText> and everything inside it, in the code below? <detail> <band height="20"> <...
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How To Auto-Format / Indent XML/HTML in Notepad++

Is there a way to re-indent a block of code? I'm looking for something similar to Ctrl+Shift+F in Eclipse (Auto-Format/Indent). To be clear, I already know how to format XML outside of Notepad++ (...
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How do I align views at the bottom of the screen?

Here's my layout code; <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <LinearLayout xmlns:android="" android:orientation="vertical" android:...
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How to pretty print XML from the command line?

Related: How can I pretty-print JSON in (unix) shell script? Is there a (unix) shell script to format XML in human-readable form? Basically, I want it to transform the following: <root><...
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java.util.Date to XMLGregorianCalendar

Isn't there a convenient way of getting from a java.util.Date to a XMLGregorianCalendar?
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How can I save application settings in a Windows Forms application?

What I want to achieve is very simple: I have a Windows Forms (.NET 3.5) application that uses a path for reading information. This path can be modified by the user, by using the options form I ...
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How to make layout with rounded corners..?

How can I make a layout with rounded corners? I want to apply rounded corners to my LinearLayout.
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Can the Android layout folder contain subfolders?

Right now, I'm storing every XML layout file inside the 'res/layout' folder, so it is feasible and simple to manage small projects, but when there is a case of large and heavy projects, then there ...
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How do I escape ampersands in XML so they are rendered as entities in HTML?

I have some XML text that I wish to render in an HTML page. This text contains an ampersand, which I want to render in its entity representation: &amp;. How do I escape this ampersand in the ...
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XDocument or XmlDocument

I am now learning XmlDocument but I've just ran into XDocument and when I try to search the difference or benefits of them I can't find something useful, could you please tell me why you would use one ...
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What's the difference between text/xml vs application/xml for webservice response

This is more of a general question about the difference between text/xml and application/xml. I am fairly new to writing webservices (REST - Jersey). I have been producing application/xml since it is ...
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How to Deserialize XML document

How do I Deserialize this XML document: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"?> <Cars> <Car> <StockNumber>1020</StockNumber> <Make>Nissan</Make> ...
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Pretty printing XML in Python

What is the best way (or are the various ways) to pretty print XML in Python?
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How to pretty print XML from Java?

I have a Java String that contains XML, with no line feeds or indentations. I would like to turn it into a String with nicely formatted XML. How do I do this? String unformattedXml = "<tag><...
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What does "xmlns" in XML mean?

I saw the following line in an XML file: xmlns:android="" I have also seen xmlns in many other XML files that I've come across. What is it?
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How does one parse XML files? [closed]

Is there a simple method of parsing XML files in C#? If so, what?
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Declaring a custom android UI element using XML

How do I declare an Android UI element using XML?
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How to handle button clicks using the XML onClick within Fragments

Pre-Honeycomb (Android 3), each Activity was registered to handle button clicks via the onClick tag in a Layout's XML: android:onClick="myClickMethod" Within that method you can use view.getId()...
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How do I read and parse an XML file in C#?

How do I read and parse an XML file in C#?
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How can I build XML in C#?

How can I generate valid XML in C#?
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Web colors in an Android color XML resource file

What do all of the X11/w3c color codes look like in the format of an Android XML resource file? I know this looks a tad ridiculous as a question, but given the votes apparently it's useful and ...
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How can I find an element by CSS class with XPath?

In my webpage, there's a div with a class named Test. How can I find it with XPath?
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Manifest Merger failed with multiple errors in Android Studio

So, I am a beginner into Android and Java. I just began learning. While I was experimenting with Intent today, I incurred an error. Error:Execution failed for task ':app:processDebugManifest'. > ...
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Getting attribute using XPath

Given an XML structure like so: <?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?> <bookstore> <book> <title lang="eng">Harry Potter</title> <price>29.99</price&...
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POST XML file using cURL command line

How can I POST an XML file to a local server http://localhost:8080 using cURL from the command line? What command should I use?
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Can you provide some examples of why it is hard to parse XML and HTML with a regex? [closed]

One mistake I see people making over and over again is trying to parse XML or HTML with a regex. Here are a few of the reasons parsing XML and HTML is hard: People want to treat a file as a sequence ...
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What's the difference between an element and a node in XML?

I'm working in Java with XML and I'm wondering; what's the difference between an element and a node?
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Best XML parser for Java [closed]

I need to read smallish (few MB at the most, UTF-8 encoded) XML files, rummage around looking at various elements and attributes, perhaps modify a few and write the XML back out again to disk (...
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SOAP or REST for Web Services? [closed]

Is REST a better approach to doing Web Services or is SOAP? Or are they different tools for different problems? Or is it a nuanced issue - that is, is one slightly better in certain arenas than ...
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XPath contains(text(),'some string') doesn't work when used with node with more than one Text subnode

I have a small problem with XPath contains with dom4j ... Let's say my XML is <Home> <Addr> <Street>ABC</Street> <Number>5</Number> <...
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Populate XDocument from String

I'm working on a little something and I am trying to figure out whether I can load an XDocument from a string. XDocument.Load() seems to take the string passed to it as a path to a physical XML file. ...
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How to view AndroidManifest.xml from APK file?

Is it possible to view Androidmanifest.xml file? I just changed the extension of the apk file to zip. This zip file contains the Androidmanifest.xml file. But I am unable view the contents of ...
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XmlSerializer - There was an error reflecting type

Using C# .NET 2.0, I have a composite data class that does have the [Serializable] attribute on it. I am creating an XMLSerializer class and passing that into the constructor: XmlSerializer ...
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What to use instead of "addPreferencesFromResource" in a PreferenceActivity?

I just noticed the fact that the method addPreferencesFromResource(int preferencesResId) is marked deprecated in Android's documentation (Reference Entry). Unfortunately, no alternative method is ...
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Center a button in a Linear layout

I am using a linear layout to display a pretty light initial screen. It has 1 button that is supposed to centre in the screen both horizontally and vertically. However no matter what I try to do the ...
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Android XML Percent Symbol

I have an array of strings in which the % symbol is used. Proper format for using the % is &#37;. When I have a string in that array with multiple &#37; it gives me this error. Multiple ...
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How to convert JSON to XML or XML to JSON in C#?

I started to use Json.NET to convert a string in JSON format to object or viceversa. I am not sure in the Json.NET framework, is it possible to convert a string in JSON to XML format and viceversa?'s user avatar
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Android Replace "..." with ellipsis character

Since AVD tools 16 I'm getting this warning: Replace "..." with ellipsis character (..., &#8230;) ? in my strings.xml at this line <string name="searching">Searching...</string> ...
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Android: remove left margin from actionbar's custom layout

I am using a custom actionbar view, and as you can see in the screenshot below, there is a blank gray space in the actionbar. I want to remove it. What have I done: res/values-v11/styles.xml <...
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Extract value of attribute node via XPath

How can I extract the value of an attribute node via XPath? A sample XML file is: <parents name='Parents'> <Parent id='1' name='Parent_1'> <Children name='Children'> &...
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What does the 'standalone' directive mean in XML?

What does the 'standalone' directive mean in an XML document?
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Class 'DOMDocument' not found

I've found an error on a page in my Magento application; it always show this message error when I visit it: Fatal error: Class 'DOMDocument' not found in /home/.../lib/Zend/Feed/Abstract.php on ...
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Are SVG parameters such as 'xmlns' and 'version' needed?

In about half of the svg examples I see on the internet, the code is wrapped in plain simple <svg></svg> tags. In the other half, the svg tags have lots of complicated attributes like ...
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How to convert array to SimpleXML

How can I convert an array to a SimpleXML object in PHP?
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