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<p>Expat is an XML parser library written in C. It is a
stream-oriented parser in which an application registers handlers for
things the parser might find in the XML document (like start tags).
An <a href=""
>introductory article</a> on using Expat is available on
<a href=""></a>.</p>
<a href=""
>Expat project page (includes downloads)</a></li>
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>Mailing lists</a></li>
<a href="#wrappers"
>3rd-party wrappers (SAX, DOM, other language bindings)</a></li>
<a href="dev/cvs.html"
>CVS repository</a>
(<a href=""
>browse online</a>)</li>
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>Bug reports</a></li>
<a href="dev/">Notes for Expat maintainers</a></li>
<p>This project aims to maintain Expat for both current and future
users while improving the API to allow more reliable and robust access
from "scripting" languages such as Python and Perl. We invite the
community to participate on the mailing lists to help shape the future
of Expat.</p>
<h3 id="news">News</h3>
<dt><em>11 January 2006</em>,
Expat 2.0.0 released.
<dd><p>Release 2.0.0 of the Expat XML parser is the end point of the
1.95.X series of releases. The goal was to solidify and stabilize
the implementation of the given API, to add desirable features as
long as they fit with the API, and to keep the API backwards compatible
if extensions were required. Changes include:
<ul><li>Fixed headers for use from C++.</li>
<li>XML_GetCurrentLineNumber() and XML_GetCurrentColumnNumber()
now return unsigned integers.</li>
<li>Added XML_LARGE_SIZE switch to enable 64-bit integers for
byte indexes and line/column numbers.</li>
<li>Added support for AmigaOS.</li>
<li>Some mostly minor bug fixes. SF issues include: 1006708,
1021776, 1023646, 1114960, 1156398, 1221160, 1271642.</li></ul>
<p><a href="oldnews.html">Old news archive</a></p>
<h3 id="wrappers">References &amp; 3rd-party Wrappers</h3>
<p>If you know of any additional articles or resources which should be
linked to from this page, please send email to <a
href="">Fred Drake (fdrake&#64;</a>.
We're especially interested in links to tutorial information and open
source interfaces to Expat from languages other than C.</p>
<a href=""
>James Clark's original Expat page</a>, for Expat 1.2 and
<a href=""
>Introductory article</a> on using Expat on
<a href=""></a></li>
<a href="">LuaExpat</a> is a
wrapper around Expat for the <a href="">Lua</a>
programming language. The <a href=
"">LuaSOAP</a> library is a <a
href="">SOAP</a> implementation
built on top of <a href= ""
Perl's <code>XML::Parser</code> module is a wrapper built around a
binding to Expat in the <code>XML::Parser::Expat</code> module.</li>
<a href=""
>Documentation for the Python interface to Expat</a>, part of the
standard documentation for Python.</li>
<a href=""
>SAXExpat.NET</a>, a <a href="">.NET</a>
wrapper for Expat, conforming to the
<a href="">SAX for .NET</a> specifications.</li>
The <a href="">Simple C Expat Wrapper</a>
is a wrapper around Expat that provides a light-weight object model
somewhat like a DOM.</li>
<!-- Alex Conchillo Flaque: aconchillo at -->
<em><a href=""
title="C++ Wrappers for the Expat XML Parser">C++ Wrappers
for the Expat XML Parser</a></em>, an article by Tim Smith
providing object-oriented wrappers for Expat. The wrappers use
some MFC-biased naming, but look interesting.</li>
<a href="" title="Arabica"
>Arabica</a> -- an XML Parser toolkit for C++ programmers, with
SAX2 implementations based on several parsers, including Expat.</li>
<a href=""
>expatpp -- C++ interface to Expat</a></li>
<a href=""
>SAX2 Wrapper for using Expat in Delphi,</a>
based on
<a href=""
>"SAX for Pascal"</a>
interface specs</li>
The <a href=""
>TclXML project</a> includes a <a href=""
>Tcl</a> binding for Expat</li>
<a href=""
>tDOM</a> is an alternate package providing XML support for <a
href="" >Tcl</a>, based in part on
<a href=""
>Article on using Expat from PHP</a> on
<a href="">&lt;?PHPBuilder?&gt;</a>
<br />(broken into lots of tiny pieces)</li>
<a href=""
>Objective-C interface to Expat</a></li>
<a href="">OCaml Expat</a> is a
wrapper around Expat for the <a href=""
>Objective Caml</a> language.</li>
<a href=""
>Ruby interface to Expat</a></li>
<a href="">XML Tools
2</a> is an AppleScript scripting addition that allows AppleScript
applications to work with XML data; it is based on Expat.</li>
<a href="">Simkin</a> is an open source
scripting language available under the GNU LGPL. It can be embedded
in XML and supports a DOM-like API backed by Expat.</li>
<a href="">EasySoap</a> is a C++
SOAP implementation which uses Expat.</li>
<a href=
>A discussion</a> of another way to manage stateful callbacks, using
Expat as a sample library.</li>
The <a href="">GOBO
project</a> is working on an Eiffel binding for Expat. Development
is active and the package is fully supported in GOBO 3.0 and 3.1,
though there isn't much status information about the Expat bindings
on the website. (Most activity is reportedly on the relevant
mailing lists.)</li>
<a href="">Expat4D</a> is a plug-in
for the <a href="">4th Dimension</a> application
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