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XML Parser Functions

CXXIX. XML Parser Functions

Introduction

XML (eXtensible Markup Language) is a data format for structured document interchange on the Web. It is a standard defined by The World Wide Web consortium (W3C). Information about XML and related technologies can be found at http://www.w3.org/XML/.

This PHP extension implements support for James Clark's expat in PHP. This toolkit lets you parse, but not validate, XML documents. It supports three source character encodings also provided by PHP: US-ASCII, ISO-8859-1 and UTF-8. UTF-16 is not supported.

This extension lets you create XML parsers and then define handlers for different XML events. Each XML parser also has a few parameters you can adjust.

Requirements

This extension uses an expat compat layer by default. It can use also expat, which can be found at http://www.jclark.com/xml/expat.html. The Makefile that comes with expat does not build a library by default, you can use this make rule for that:

libexpat.a: $(OBJS)
    ar -rc $@ $(OBJS)
    ranlib $@
A source RPM package of expat can be found at http://sourceforge.net/projects/expat/.

Installation

These functions are enabled by default, using the bundled expat library. You can disable XML support with --disable-xml. If you compile PHP as a module for Apache 1.3.9 or later, PHP will automatically use the bundled expat library from Apache. In order you don't want to use the bundled expat library configure PHP --with-expat-dir=DIR, where DIR should point to the base installation directory of expat.

The windows version of PHP has built in support for this extension. You do not need to load any additional extension in order to use these functions.

Runtime Configuration

This extension has no configuration directives defined in php.ini.

Resource Types

xml

The xml resource as returned by xml_parser_create() and xml_parser_create_ns() references an xml parser instance to be used with the functions provided by this extension.

Predefined Constants

The constants below are defined by this extension, and will only be available when the extension has either been compiled into PHP or dynamically loaded at runtime.

XML_ERROR_NONE (integer)
XML_ERROR_NO_MEMORY (integer)
XML_ERROR_SYNTAX (integer)
XML_ERROR_NO_ELEMENTS (integer)
XML_ERROR_INVALID_TOKEN (integer)
XML_ERROR_UNCLOSED_TOKEN (integer)
XML_ERROR_PARTIAL_CHAR (integer)
XML_ERROR_TAG_MISMATCH (integer)
XML_ERROR_DUPLICATE_ATTRIBUTE (integer)
XML_ERROR_JUNK_AFTER_DOC_ELEMENT (integer)
XML_ERROR_PARAM_ENTITY_REF (integer)
XML_ERROR_UNDEFINED_ENTITY (integer)
XML_ERROR_RECURSIVE_ENTITY_REF (integer)
XML_ERROR_ASYNC_ENTITY (integer)
XML_ERROR_BAD_CHAR_REF (integer)
XML_ERROR_BINARY_ENTITY_REF (integer)
XML_ERROR_ATTRIBUTE_EXTERNAL_ENTITY_REF (integer)
XML_ERROR_MISPLACED_XML_PI (integer)
XML_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ENCODING (integer)
XML_ERROR_INCORRECT_ENCODING (integer)
XML_ERROR_UNCLOSED_CDATA_SECTION (integer)
XML_ERROR_EXTERNAL_ENTITY_HANDLING (integer)
XML_OPTION_CASE_FOLDING (integer)
XML_OPTION_TARGET_ENCODING (integer)
XML_OPTION_SKIP_TAGSTART (integer)
XML_OPTION_SKIP_WHITE (integer)

Event Handlers

The XML event handlers defined are:

Table 1. Supported XML handlers

PHP function to set handler Event description
xml_set_element_handler() Element events are issued whenever the XML parser encounters start or end tags. There are separate handlers for start tags and end tags.
xml_set_character_data_handler() Character data is roughly all the non-markup contents of XML documents, including whitespace between tags. Note that the XML parser does not add or remove any whitespace, it is up to the application (you) to decide whether whitespace is significant.
xml_set_processing_instruction_handler() PHP programmers should be familiar with processing instructions (PIs) already. <?php ?> is a processing instruction, where php is called the "PI target". The handling of these are application-specific, except that all PI targets starting with "XML" are reserved.
xml_set_default_handler() What goes not to another handler goes to the default handler. You will get things like the XML and document type declarations in the default handler.
xml_set_unparsed_entity_decl_handler() This handler will be called for declaration of an unparsed (NDATA) entity.
xml_set_notation_decl_handler() This handler is called for declaration of a notation.
xml_set_external_entity_ref_handler() This handler is called when the XML parser finds a reference to an external parsed general entity. This can be a reference to a file or URL, for example. See the external entity example for a demonstration.

Case Folding

The element handler functions may get their element names case-folded. Case-folding is defined by the XML standard as "a process applied to a sequence of characters, in which those identified as non-uppercase are replaced by their uppercase equivalents". In other words, when it comes to XML, case-folding simply means uppercasing.

By default, all the element names that are passed to the handler functions are case-folded. This behaviour can be queried and controlled per XML parser with the xml_parser_get_option() and xml_parser_set_option() functions, respectively.

Error Codes

The following constants are defined for XML error codes (as returned by xml_parse()):

XML_ERROR_NONE
XML_ERROR_NO_MEMORY
XML_ERROR_SYNTAX
XML_ERROR_NO_ELEMENTS
XML_ERROR_INVALID_TOKEN
XML_ERROR_UNCLOSED_TOKEN
XML_ERROR_PARTIAL_CHAR
XML_ERROR_TAG_MISMATCH
XML_ERROR_DUPLICATE_ATTRIBUTE
XML_ERROR_JUNK_AFTER_DOC_ELEMENT
XML_ERROR_PARAM_ENTITY_REF
XML_ERROR_UNDEFINED_ENTITY
XML_ERROR_RECURSIVE_ENTITY_REF
XML_ERROR_ASYNC_ENTITY
XML_ERROR_BAD_CHAR_REF
XML_ERROR_BINARY_ENTITY_REF
XML_ERROR_ATTRIBUTE_EXTERNAL_ENTITY_REF
XML_ERROR_MISPLACED_XML_PI
XML_ERROR_UNKNOWN_ENCODING
XML_ERROR_INCORRECT_ENCODING
XML_ERROR_UNCLOSED_CDATA_SECTION
XML_ERROR_EXTERNAL_ENTITY_HANDLING

Character Encoding

PHP's XML extension supports the Unicode character set through different character encodings. There are two types of character encodings, source encoding and target encoding. PHP's internal representation of the document is always encoded with UTF-8.

Source encoding is done when an XML document is parsed. Upon creating an XML parser, a source encoding can be specified (this encoding can not be changed later in the XML parser's lifetime). The supported source encodings are ISO-8859-1, US-ASCII and UTF-8. The former two are single-byte encodings, which means that each character is represented by a single byte. UTF-8 can encode characters composed by a variable number of bits (up to 21) in one to four bytes. The default source encoding used by PHP is ISO-8859-1.

Target encoding is done when PHP passes data to XML handler functions. When an XML parser is created, the target encoding is set to the same as the source encoding, but this may be changed at any point. The target encoding will affect character data as well as tag names and processing instruction targets.

If the XML parser encounters characters outside the range that its source encoding is capable of representing, it will return an error.

If PHP encounters characters in the parsed XML document that can not be represented in the chosen target encoding, the problem characters will be "demoted". Currently, this means that such characters are replaced by a question mark.

Examples

Here are some example PHP scripts parsing XML documents.

XML Element Structure Example

This first example displays the structure of the start elements in a document with indentation.

Example 1. Show XML Element Structure

<?php
$file
= "data.xml";
$depth = array();

function
startElement($parser, $name, $attrs)
{
    global
$depth;
    for (
$i = 0; $i < $depth[$parser]; $i++) {
        echo
"  ";
    }
    echo
"$name\n";
    
$depth[$parser]++;
}

function
endElement($parser, $name)
{
    global
$depth;
    
$depth[$parser]--;
}

$xml_parser = xml_parser_create();
xml_set_element_handler($xml_parser, "startElement", "endElement");
if (!(
$fp = fopen($file, "r"))) {
    die(
"could not open XML input");
}

while (
$data = fread($fp, 4096)) {
    if (!
xml_parse($xml_parser, $data, feof($fp))) {
        die(
sprintf("XML error: %s at line %d",
                    
xml_error_string(xml_get_error_code($xml_parser)),
                    
xml_get_current_line_number($xml_parser)));
    }
}
xml_parser_free($xml_parser);
?>

XML Tag Mapping Example

Example 2. Map XML to HTML

This example maps tags in an XML document directly to HTML tags. Elements not found in the "map array" are ignored. Of course, this example will only work with a specific XML document type.

<?php
$file
= "data.xml";
$map_array = array(
    
"BOLD"     => "B",
    
"EMPHASIS" => "I",
    
"LITERAL"  => "TT"
);

function
startElement($parser, $name, $attrs)
{
    global
$map_array;
    if (isset(
$map_array[$name])) {
        echo
"<$map_array[$name]>";
    }
}

function
endElement($parser, $name)
{
    global
$map_array;
    if (isset(
$map_array[$name])) {
        echo
"</$map_array[$name]>";
    }
}

function
characterData($parser, $data)
{
    echo
$data;
}

$xml_parser = xml_parser_create();
// use case-folding so we are sure to find the tag in $map_array
xml_parser_set_option($xml_parser, XML_OPTION_CASE_FOLDING, true);
xml_set_element_handler($xml_parser, "startElement", "endElement");
xml_set_character_data_handler($xml_parser, "characterData");
if (!(
$fp = fopen($file, "r"))) {
    die(
"could not open XML input");
}

while (
$data = fread($fp, 4096)) {
    if (!
xml_parse($xml_parser, $data, feof($fp))) {
        die(
sprintf("XML error: %s at line %d",
                    
xml_error_string(xml_get_error_code($xml_parser)),
                    
xml_get_current_line_number($xml_parser)));
    }
}
xml_parser_free($xml_parser);
?>


XML External Entity Example

This example highlights XML code. It illustrates how to use an external entity reference handler to include and parse other documents, as well as how PIs can be processed, and a way of determining "trust" for PIs containing code.

XML documents that can be used for this example are found below the example (xmltest.xml and xmltest2.xml.)

Example 3. External Entity Example

<?php
$file
= "xmltest.xml";

function
trustedFile($file)
{
    
// only trust local files owned by ourselves
    
if (!eregi("^([a-z]+)://", $file)
        &&
fileowner($file) == getmyuid()) {
            return
true;
    }
    return
false;
}

function
startElement($parser, $name, $attribs)
{
    echo
"&lt;<font color=\"#0000cc\">$name</font>";
    if (
sizeof($attribs)) {
        while (list(
$k, $v) = each($attribs)) {
            echo
" <font color=\"#009900\">$k</font>=\"<font
                   color=
\"#990000\">$v</font>\"";
        }
    }
    echo
"&gt;";
}

function
endElement($parser, $name)
{
    echo
"&lt;/<font color=\"#0000cc\">$name</font>&gt;";
}

function
characterData($parser, $data)
{
    echo
"<b>$data</b>";
}

function
PIHandler($parser, $target, $data)
{
    switch (
strtolower($target)) {
        case
"php":
            global
$parser_file;
            
// If the parsed document is "trusted", we say it is safe
            // to execute PHP code inside it.  If not, display the code
            // instead.
            
if (trustedFile($parser_file[$parser])) {
                eval(
$data);
            } else {
                
printf("Untrusted PHP code: <i>%s</i>",
                        
htmlspecialchars($data));
            }
            break;
    }
}

function
defaultHandler($parser, $data)
{
    if (
substr($data, 0, 1) == "&" && substr($data, -1, 1) == ";") {
        
printf('<font color="#aa00aa">%s</font>',
                
htmlspecialchars($data));
    } else {
        
printf('<font size="-1">%s</font>',
                
htmlspecialchars($data));
    }
}

function
externalEntityRefHandler($parser, $openEntityNames, $base, $systemId,
                                  
$publicId) {
    if (
$systemId) {
        if (!list(
$parser, $fp) = new_xml_parser($systemId)) {
            
printf("Could not open entity %s at %s\n", $openEntityNames,
                   
$systemId);
            return
false;
        }
        while (
$data = fread($fp, 4096)) {
            if (!
xml_parse($parser, $data, feof($fp))) {
                
printf("XML error: %s at line %d while parsing entity %s\n",
                       
xml_error_string(xml_get_error_code($parser)),
                       
xml_get_current_line_number($parser), $openEntityNames);
                
xml_parser_free($parser);
                return
false;
            }
        }
        
xml_parser_free($parser);
        return
true;
    }
    return
false;
}

function
new_xml_parser($file)
{
    global
$parser_file;

    
$xml_parser = xml_parser_create();
    
xml_parser_set_option($xml_parser, XML_OPTION_CASE_FOLDING, 1);
    
xml_set_element_handler($xml_parser, "startElement", "endElement");
    
xml_set_character_data_handler($xml_parser, "characterData");
    
xml_set_processing_instruction_handler($xml_parser, "PIHandler");
    
xml_set_default_handler($xml_parser, "defaultHandler");
    
xml_set_external_entity_ref_handler($xml_parser, "externalEntityRefHandler");
    
    if (!(
$fp = @fopen($file, "r"))) {
        return
false;
    }
    if (!
is_array($parser_file)) {
        
settype($parser_file, "array");
    }
    
$parser_file[$xml_parser] = $file;
    return array(
$xml_parser, $fp);
}

if (!(list(
$xml_parser, $fp) = new_xml_parser($file))) {
    die(
"could not open XML input");
}

echo
"<pre>";
while (
$data = fread($fp, 4096)) {
    if (!
xml_parse($xml_parser, $data, feof($fp))) {
        die(
sprintf("XML error: %s at line %d\n",
                    
xml_error_string(xml_get_error_code($xml_parser)),
                    
xml_get_current_line_number($xml_parser)));
    }
}
echo
"</pre>";
echo
"parse complete\n";
xml_parser_free($xml_parser);

?>


Example 4. xmltest.xml

<?xml version='1.0'?>
<!DOCTYPE chapter SYSTEM "/just/a/test.dtd" [
<!ENTITY plainEntity "FOO entity">
<!ENTITY systemEntity SYSTEM "xmltest2.xml">
]>
<chapter>
 <TITLE>Title &plainEntity;</TITLE>
 <para>
  <informaltable>
   <tgroup cols="3">
    <tbody>
     <row><entry>a1</entry><entry morerows="1">b1</entry><entry>c1</entry></row>
     <row><entry>a2</entry><entry>c2</entry></row>
     <row><entry>a3</entry><entry>b3</entry><entry>c3</entry></row>
    </tbody>
   </tgroup>
  </informaltable>
 </para>
 &systemEntity;
 <section id="about">
  <title>About this Document</title>
  <para>
   <!-- this is a comment -->
   <?php echo 'Hi!  This is PHP version ' . phpversion(); ?>
  </para>
 </section>
</chapter>


This file is included from xmltest.xml:

Example 5. xmltest2.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<!DOCTYPE foo [
<!ENTITY testEnt "test entity">
]>
<foo>
   <element attrib="value"/>
   &testEnt;
   <?php echo "This is some more PHP code being executed."; ?>
</foo>
Table of Contents
utf8_decode --  Converts a string with ISO-8859-1 characters encoded with UTF-8 to single-byte ISO-8859-1
utf8_encode -- Encodes an ISO-8859-1 string to UTF-8
xml_error_string -- Get XML parser error string
xml_get_current_byte_index -- Get current byte index for an XML parser
xml_get_current_column_number --  Get current column number for an XML parser
xml_get_current_line_number -- Get current line number for an XML parser
xml_get_error_code -- Get XML parser error code
xml_parse_into_struct -- Parse XML data into an array structure
xml_parse -- Start parsing an XML document
xml_parser_create_ns --  Create an XML parser with namespace support
xml_parser_create -- Create an XML parser
xml_parser_free -- Free an XML parser
xml_parser_get_option -- Get options from an XML parser
xml_parser_set_option -- Set options in an XML parser
xml_set_character_data_handler -- Set up character data handler
xml_set_default_handler -- Set up default handler
xml_set_element_handler -- Set up start and end element handlers
xml_set_end_namespace_decl_handler --  Set up end namespace declaration handler
xml_set_external_entity_ref_handler -- Set up external entity reference handler
xml_set_notation_decl_handler -- Set up notation declaration handler
xml_set_object -- Use XML Parser within an object
xml_set_processing_instruction_handler --  Set up processing instruction (PI) handler
xml_set_start_namespace_decl_handler --  Set up start namespace declaration handler
xml_set_unparsed_entity_decl_handler --  Set up unparsed entity declaration handler
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