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<h1 align="center">The XML C parser and toolkit of Gnome</h1>
<h1>Note: this is the flat content of the <a href="index.html">web
<h1 style="text-align: center">libxml, a.k.a. gnome-xml</h1>
<p>Libxml2 is the XML C parser and toolkit developed for the Gnome project
(but usable outside of the Gnome platform), it is free software available
under the <a href="">MIT
License</a>. XML itself is a metalanguage to design markup languages, i.e.
text language where semantic and structure are added to the content using
extra "markup" information enclosed between angle brackets. HTML is the most
well-known markup language. Though the library is written in C <a
href="python.html">a variety of language bindings</a> make it available in
other environments.</p>
<p>Libxml2 is known to be very portable, the library should build and work
without serious troubles on a variety of systems (Linux, Unix, Windows,
CygWin, MacOS, MacOS X, RISC Os, OS/2, VMS, QNX, MVS, ...)</p>
<p>Libxml2 implements a number of existing standards related to markup
<li>the XML standard: <a
<li>Namespaces in XML: <a
<li>XML Base: <a
<li><a href="">RFC 2396</a> :
Uniform Resource Identifiers <a
<li>XML Path Language (XPath) 1.0: <a
<li>HTML4 parser: <a
<li>XML Pointer Language (XPointer) Version 1.0: <a
<li>XML Inclusions (XInclude) Version 1.0: <a
<li>ISO-8859-x encodings, as well as <a
href="">rfc2044</a> [UTF-8]
and <a href="">rfc2781</a>
[UTF-16] Unicode encodings, and more if using iconv support</li>
<li>part of SGML Open Technical Resolution TR9401:1997</li>
<li>XML Catalogs Working Draft 06 August 2001: <a
<li>Canonical XML Version 1.0: <a
and the Exclusive XML Canonicalization CR draft <a
<li>Relax NG, ISO/IEC 19757-2:2003, <a
<li>W3C XML Schemas Part 2: Datatypes <a
href="">REC 02 May
<p>In most cases libxml2 tries to implement the specifications in a
relatively strictly compliant way. As of release 2.4.16, libxml2 passes all
1800+ tests from the <a
href="">OASIS XML Tests
<p>To some extent libxml2 provides support for the following additional
specifications but doesn't claim to implement them completely:</p>
<li>Document Object Model (DOM) <a
it doesn't implement the API itself, gdome2 does this on top of
<li><a href="">RFC 959</a> :
libxml2 implements a basic FTP client code</li>
<li><a href="">RFC 1945</a> :
HTTP/1.0, again a basic HTTP client code</li>
<li>SAX: a minimal SAX implementation compatible with early expat
<li>DocBook SGML v4: libxml2 includes a hackish parser to transition to
<p>A partial implementation of <a
href="">XML Schemas Part
1: Structure</a> is being worked on but it would be far too early to make any
conformance statement about it at the moment.</p>
<p>Separate documents:</p>
<li><a href="">the libxslt page</a> providing an
implementation of XSLT 1.0 and common extensions like EXSLT for
<li><a href="">the gdome2 page</a>
: a standard DOM2 implementation for libxml2</li>
<li><a href="">the XMLSec page</a>: an
implementation of <a href="">W3C XML
Digital Signature</a> for libxml2</li>
<li>also check the related links section below for more related and active
<p>Results of the <a
benchmark</a> on sourceforge 8 February 2004 (smaller is better):</p>
<p align="center"><img src="benchmark.gif"
alt="benchmark results for Expat Xerces libxml2 Oracle and Sun toolkits"></p>
<p>Logo designed by <a href="">Marc Liyanage</a>.</p>
<h2><a name="Introducti">Introduction</a></h2>
<p>This document describes libxml, the <a
href="">XML</a> C parser and toolkit developed for the
<a href="">Gnome</a> project. <a
href="">XML is a standard</a> for building tag-based
structured documents/data.</p>
<p>Here are some key points about libxml:</p>
<li>Libxml2 exports Push (progressive) and Pull (blocking) type parser
interfaces for both XML and HTML.</li>
<li>Libxml2 can do DTD validation at parse time, using a parsed document
instance, or with an arbitrary DTD.</li>
<li>Libxml2 includes complete <a
href="">XPath</a>, <a
href="">XPointer</a> and <a
href="">XInclude</a> implementations.</li>
<li>It is written in plain C, making as few assumptions as possible, and
sticking closely to ANSI C/POSIX for easy embedding. Works on
Linux/Unix/Windows, ported to a number of other platforms.</li>
<li>Basic support for HTTP and FTP client allowing applications to fetch
remote resources.</li>
<li>The design is modular, most of the extensions can be compiled out.</li>
<li>The internal document representation is as close as possible to the <a
href="">DOM</a> interfaces.</li>
<li>Libxml2 also has a <a
href="">SAX like interface</a>;
the interface is designed to be compatible with <a
<li>This library is released under the <a
License</a>. See the Copyright file in the distribution for the precise
<p>Warning: unless you are forced to because your application links with a
Gnome-1.X library requiring it, <strong><span
style="background-color: #FF0000">Do Not Use libxml1</span></strong>, use
<h2><a name="FAQ">FAQ</a></h2>
<p>Table of Contents:</p>
<li><a href="FAQ.html#License">License(s)</a></li>
<li><a href="FAQ.html#Installati">Installation</a></li>
<li><a href="FAQ.html#Compilatio">Compilation</a></li>
<li><a href="FAQ.html#Developer">Developer corner</a></li>
<h3><a name="License">License</a>(s)</h3>
<li><em>Licensing Terms for libxml</em>
<p>libxml2 is released under the <a
License</a>; see the file Copyright in the distribution for the precise
<li><em>Can I embed libxml2 in a proprietary application ?</em>
<p>Yes. The MIT License allows you to keep proprietary the changes you
made to libxml, but it would be graceful to send-back bug fixes and
improvements as patches for possible incorporation in the main
development tree.</p>
<h3><a name="Installati">Installation</a></h3>
<li><strong><span style="background-color: #FF0000">Do Not Use
libxml1</span></strong>, use libxml2</li>
<li><em>Where can I get libxml</em> ?
<p>The original distribution comes from <a
href=""></a> or <a
<p>Most Linux and BSD distributions include libxml, this is probably the
safer way for end-users to use libxml.</p>
<p>David Doolin provides precompiled Windows versions at <a
href=" "></a></p>
<li><em>I see libxml and libxml2 releases, which one should I install ?</em>
<li>If you are not constrained by backward compatibility issues with
existing applications, install libxml2 only</li>
<li>If you are not doing development, you can safely install both.
Usually the packages <a
href="">libxml</a> and <a
href="">libxml2</a> are
compatible (this is not the case for development packages).</li>
<li>If you are a developer and your system provides separate packaging
for shared libraries and the development components, it is possible
to install libxml and libxml2, and also <a
and <a
too for libxml2 &gt;= 2.3.0</li>
<li>If you are developing a new application, please develop against
<li><em>I can't install the libxml package, it conflicts with libxml0</em>
<p>You probably have an old libxml0 package used to provide the shared
library for, you can probably safely remove it. The libxml
packages provided on <a
href=""></a> provide</p>
<li><em>I can't install the libxml(2) RPM package due to failed
<p>The most generic solution is to re-fetch the latest src.rpm , and
rebuild it locally with</p>
<p><code>rpm --rebuild libxml(2)-xxx.src.rpm</code>.</p>
<p>If everything goes well it will generate two binary rpm packages (one
providing the shared libs and xmllint, and the other one, the -devel
package, providing includes, static libraries and scripts needed to build
applications with libxml(2)) that you can install locally.</p>
<h3><a name="Compilatio">Compilation</a></h3>
<li><em>What is the process to compile libxml2 ?</em>
<p>As most UNIX libraries libxml2 follows the "standard":</p>
<p><code>gunzip -c xxx.tar.gz | tar xvf -</code></p>
<p><code>cd libxml-xxxx</code></p>
<p><code>./configure --help</code></p>
<p>to see the options, then the compilation/installation proper</p>
<p><code>./configure [possible options]</code></p>
<p><code>make install</code></p>
<p>At that point you may have to rerun ldconfig or a similar utility to
update your list of installed shared libs.</p>
<li><em>What other libraries are needed to compile/install libxml2 ?</em>
<p>Libxml2 does not require any other library, the normal C ANSI API
should be sufficient (please report any violation to this rule you may
<p>However if found at configuration time libxml2 will detect and use the
following libs:</p>
<li><a href="">libz</a> : a
highly portable and available widely compression library.</li>
<li>iconv: a powerful character encoding conversion library. It is
included by default in recent glibc libraries, so it doesn't need to
be installed specifically on Linux. It now seems a <a
of the official UNIX</a> specification. Here is one <a
href="">implementation of the
library</a> which source can be found <a
<li><em>Make check fails on some platforms</em>
<p>Sometimes the regression tests' results don't completely match the
value produced by the parser, and the makefile uses diff to print the
delta. On some platforms the diff return breaks the compilation process;
if the diff is small this is probably not a serious problem.</p>
<p>Sometimes (especially on Solaris) make checks fail due to limitations
in make. Try using GNU-make instead.</p>
<li><em>I use the CVS version and there is no configure script</em>
<p>The configure script (and other Makefiles) are generated. Use the script to regenerate the configure script and Makefiles,
<p><code>./ --prefix=/usr --disable-shared</code></p>
<li><em>I have troubles when running make tests with gcc-3.0</em>
<p>It seems the initial release of gcc-3.0 has a problem with the
optimizer which miscompiles the URI module. Please use another
<h3><a name="Developer">Developer</a> corner</h3>
<li><em>Troubles compiling or linking programs using libxml2</em>
<p>Usually the problem comes from the fact that the compiler doesn't get
the right compilation or linking flags. There is a small shell script
<code>xml2-config</code> which is installed as part of libxml2 usual
install process which provides those flags. Use</p>
<p><code>xml2-config --cflags</code></p>
<p>to get the compilation flags and</p>
<p><code>xml2-config --libs</code></p>
<p>to get the linker flags. Usually this is done directly from the
Makefile as:</p>
<p><code>CFLAGS=`xml2-config --cflags`</code></p>
<p><code>LIBS=`xml2-config --libs`</code></p>
<li><em>xmlDocDump() generates output on one line.</em>
<p>Libxml2 will not <strong>invent</strong> spaces in the content of a
document since <strong>all spaces in the content of a document are
significant</strong>. If you build a tree from the API and want
<li>the correct way is to generate those yourself too.</li>
<li>the dangerous way is to ask libxml2 to add those blanks to your
content <strong>modifying the content of your document in the
process</strong>. The result may not be what you expect. There is
<strong>NO</strong> way to guarantee that such a modification won't
affect other parts of the content of your document. See <a
()</a> and <a
<li>Extra nodes in the document:
<p><em>For a XML file as below:</em></p>
<pre>&lt;?xml version="1.0"?&gt;
&lt;PLAN xmlns=""&gt;
&lt;NODE CommFlag="0"/&gt;
&lt;NODE CommFlag="1"/&gt;
<p><em>after parsing it with the function
<p><em>I want to the get the content of the first node (node with the
<p><em>so I did it as following;</em></p>
<pre>xmlNodePtr pnode;
<p><em>but it does not work. If I change it to</em></p>
<p><em>then it works. Can someone explain it to me.</em></p>
<p>In XML all characters in the content of the document are significant
<strong>including blanks and formatting line breaks</strong>.</p>
<p>The extra nodes you are wondering about are just that, text nodes with
the formatting spaces which are part of the document but that people tend
to forget. There is a function <a
()</a> to remove those at parse time, but that's an heuristic, and its
use should be limited to cases where you are certain there is no
mixed-content in the document.</p>
<li><em>I get compilation errors of existing code like when accessing
<strong>root</strong> or <strong>child fields</strong> of nodes.</em>
<p>You are compiling code developed for libxml version 1 and using a
libxml2 development environment. Either switch back to libxml v1 devel or
even better fix the code to compile with libxml2 (or both) by <a
href="upgrade.html">following the instructions</a>.</p>
<li><em>I get compilation errors about non existing
<strong>xmlRootNode</strong> or <strong>xmlChildrenNode</strong>
<p>The source code you are using has been <a
href="upgrade.html">upgraded</a> to be able to compile with both libxml
and libxml2, but you need to install a more recent version:
libxml(-devel) &gt;= 1.8.8 or libxml2(-devel) &gt;= 2.1.0</p>
<li><em>XPath implementation looks seriously broken</em>
<p>XPath implementation prior to 2.3.0 was really incomplete. Upgrade to
a recent version, there are no known bugs in the current version.</p>
<li><em>The example provided in the web page does not compile.</em>
<p>It's hard to maintain the documentation in sync with the code
&lt;grin/&gt; ...</p>
<p>Check the previous points 1/ and 2/ raised before, and please send
<li><em>Where can I get more examples and information than provided on the
web page?</em>
<p>Ideally a libxml2 book would be nice. I have no such plan ... But you
<li>check more deeply the <a href="html/libxml-lib.html">existing
generated doc</a></li>
<li>have a look at <a href="examples/index.html">the set of
<li>look for examples of use for libxml2 function using the Gnome code.
For example the following will query the full Gnome CVS base for the
use of the <strong>xmlAddChild()</strong> function:
<p>This may be slow, a large hardware donation to the gnome project
could cure this :-)</p>
the libxml2 source</a> , I try to write code as clean and documented
as possible, so looking at it may be helpful. In particular the code
of xmllint.c and of the various testXXX.c test programs should
provide good examples of how to do things with the library.</li>
<li>What about C++ ?
<p>libxml2 is written in pure C in order to allow easy reuse on a number
of platforms, including embedded systems. I don't intend to convert to
<p>There is however a C++ wrapper which may fulfill your needs:</p>
<li>by Ari Johnson &lt;;:
<p>Website: <a
<p>Download: <a
<!-- Website is currently unavailable as of 2003-08-02
<li>by Peter Jones &lt;;
<p>Website: <a
<li>How to validate a document a posteriori ?
<p>It is possible to validate documents which had not been validated at
initial parsing time or documents which have been built from scratch
using the API. Use the <a
function. It is also possible to simply add a DTD to an existing
<pre>xmlDocPtr doc; /* your existing document */
xmlDtdPtr dtd = xmlParseDTD(NULL, filename_of_dtd); /* parse the DTD */
dtd-&gt;name = xmlStrDup((xmlChar*)"root_name"); /* use the given root */
doc-&gt;intSubset = dtd;
if (doc-&gt;children == NULL) xmlAddChild((xmlNodePtr)doc, (xmlNodePtr)dtd);
else xmlAddPrevSibling(doc-&gt;children, (xmlNodePtr)dtd);
<li>So what is this funky "xmlChar" used all the time?
<p>It is a null terminated sequence of utf-8 characters. And only utf-8!
You need to convert strings encoded in different ways to utf-8 before
passing them to the API. This can be accomplished with the iconv library
for instance.</p>
<li>etc ...</li>
<h2><a name="Documentat">Developer Menu</a></h2>
<p>There are several on-line resources related to using libxml:</p>
<li>Use the <a href="search.php">search engine</a> to look up
<li>Check the <a href="FAQ.html">FAQ.</a></li>
<li>Check the <a href="">extensive
documentation</a> automatically extracted from code comments.</li>
<li>Look at the documentation about <a href="encoding.html">libxml
internationalization support</a>.</li>
<li>This page provides a global overview and <a href="example.html">some
examples</a> on how to use libxml.</li>
<li><a href="examples/index.html">Code examples</a></li>
<li>John Fleck's libxml2 tutorial: <a href="tutorial/index.html">html</a>
or <a href="tutorial/xmltutorial.pdf">pdf</a>.</li>
<li>If you need to parse large files, check the <a
href="xmlreader.html">xmlReader</a> API tutorial</li>
<li><a href="">James Henstridge</a> wrote <a
href="">some nice
documentation</a> explaining how to use the libxml SAX interface.</li>
<li>George Lebl wrote <a
href="">an article
for IBM developerWorks</a> about using libxml.</li>
<li>Check <a href="">the TODO
<li>Read the <a href="upgrade.html">1.x to 2.x upgrade path</a>
description. If you are starting a new project using libxml you should
really use the 2.x version.</li>
<li>And don't forget to look at the <a
href="">mailing-list archive</a>.</li>
<h2><a name="Reporting">Reporting bugs and getting help</a></h2>
<p>Well, bugs or missing features are always possible, and I will make a
point of fixing them in a timely fashion. The best way to report a bug is to
use the <a href="">Gnome
bug tracking database</a> (make sure to use the "libxml2" module name). I
look at reports there regularly and it's good to have a reminder when a bug
is still open. Be sure to specify that the bug is for the package libxml2.</p>
<p>For small problems you can try to get help on IRC, the #xml channel on (port 6667) usually have a few person subscribed which may help
(but there is no garantee and if a real issue is raised it should go on the
mailing-list for archival).</p>
<p>There is also a mailing-list <a
href=""></a> for libxml, with an <a
href="">on-line archive</a> (<a
href="">old</a>). To subscribe to this list,
please visit the <a
href="">associated Web</a> page and
follow the instructions. <strong>Do not send code, I won't debug it</strong>
(but patches are really appreciated!).</p>
<p>Check the following <strong><span style="color: #FF0000">before
<li>Read the <a href="FAQ.html">FAQ</a> and <a href="search.php">use the
search engine</a> to get information related to your problem.</li>
<li>Make sure you are <a href="">using a recent
version</a>, and that the problem still shows up in a recent version.</li>
<li>Check the <a href="">list
archives</a> to see if the problem was reported already. In this case
there is probably a fix available, similarly check the <a
open bugs</a>.</li>
<li>Make sure you can reproduce the bug with xmllint or one of the test
programs found in source in the distribution.</li>
<li>Please send the command showing the error as well as the input (as an
<p>Then send the bug with associated information to reproduce it to the <a
href=""></a> list; if it's really libxml
related I will approve it. Please do not send mail to me directly, it makes
things really hard to track and in some cases I am not the best person to
answer a given question, ask on the list.</p>
<p>To <span style="color: #E50000">be really clear about support</span>:</p>
<li>Support or help <span style="color: #E50000">requests MUST be sent to
the list or on bugzilla</span> in case of problems, so that the Question
and Answers can be shared publicly. Failing to do so carries the implicit
message "I want free support but I don't want to share the benefits with
others" and is not welcome. I will automatically Carbon-Copy the mailing list for any technical reply made about libxml2 or
<li>There is <span style="color: #E50000">no garantee of support</span>, if
your question remains unanswered after a week, repost it, making sure you
gave all the detail needed and the information requested.</li>
<li>Failing to provide information as requested or double checking first
for prior feedback also carries the implicit message "the time of the
library maintainers is less valuable than my time" and might not be
<p>Of course, bugs reported with a suggested patch for fixing them will
probably be processed faster than those without.</p>
<p>If you're looking for help, a quick look at <a
href="">the list archive</a> may actually
provide the answer. I usually send source samples when answering libxml2
usage questions. The <a
href="">auto-generated documentation</a> is
not as polished as I would like (i need to learn more about DocBook), but
it's a good starting point.</p>
<h2><a name="help">How to help</a></h2>
<p>You can help the project in various ways, the best thing to do first is to
subscribe to the mailing-list as explained before, check the <a
href="">archives </a>and the <a
href="">Gnome bug
<li>Provide patches when you find problems.</li>
<li>Provide the diffs when you port libxml2 to a new platform. They may not
be integrated in all cases but help pinpointing portability problems
<li>Provide documentation fixes (either as patches to the code comments or
as HTML diffs).</li>
<li>Provide new documentations pieces (translations, examples, etc
<li>Check the TODO file and try to close one of the items.</li>
<li>Take one of the points raised in the archive or the bug database and
provide a fix. <a href="">Get in touch with me
</a>before to avoid synchronization problems and check that the suggested
fix will fit in nicely :-)</li>
<h2><a name="Downloads">Downloads</a></h2>
<p>The latest versions of libxml2 can be found on <a
href=""></a> (<a
href="">Seattle</a>, <a
href="">France</a>) or on the <a
href="">Gnome FTP server</a> either
as a <a href="">source
archive</a><!-- commenting this out because they seem to have disappeared or <a
packages</a> -->
, Antonin Sprinzl also provide <a href="">a
mirror in Austria</a>. (NOTE that you need both the <a
href="">libxml(2)</a> and <a
packages installed to compile applications using libxml.)</p>
<p>Binary ports:</p>
<li>Red Hat RPMs for i386 are available directly on <a
href=""></a>, the source RPM will compile on
any architecture supported by Red Hat.</li>
<li><p><a href="">Igor Zlatkovic</a></p>
is now the maintainer of the Windows port, <a
href="">he provides
<li><a href="">Gary Pennington</a> provides
<a href="">Solaris binaries</a>.</li>
<li><a href="">Steve Ball</a> provides <a
href="">Mac Os X
<li>The HP-UX porting center provides <a
href="">HP-UX binaries</a></li>
<p>If you know other supported binary ports, please <a
href="">contact me</a>.</p>
<p><a name="Snapshot">Snapshot:</a></p>
<li>Code from the W3C cvs base gnome-xml <a
<li>Docs, content of the web site, the list archive included <a
<p><a name="Contribs">Contributions:</a></p>
<p>I do accept external contributions, especially if compiling on another
platform, get in touch with me to upload the package, wrappers for various
languages have been provided, and can be found in the <a
href="contribs.html">contrib section</a></p>
<p>Libxml2 is also available from CVS:</p>
<li><p>The <a
CVS base</a>. Check the <a
href="">Gnome CVS Tools</a>
page; the CVS module is <b>gnome-xml</b>.</p>
<li>The <strong>libxslt</strong> module is also present there</li>
<h2><a name="News">News</a></h2>
<h3>CVS only : check the <a
href="">Changelog</a> file
for a really accurate description</h3>
<p>Items not finished and worked on, get in touch with the list if you want
to test those</p>
<li>More testing on RelaxNG</li>
<li>Finishing up <a href="">XML
<h3>2.6.6: Feb 12 2004</h3>
<li>nanohttp and nanoftp: buffer overflow error on URI parsing (Igor and
William) reported by Yuuichi Teranishi</li>
<li>bugfixes: make test and path issues, xmlWriter attribute serialization
(William Brack), xmlWriter indentation (William), schemas validation
(Eric Haszlakiewicz), XInclude dictionnaries issues (William and Oleg
Paraschenko), XInclude empty fallback (William), HTML warnings (William),
XPointer in XInclude (William), Python namespace serialization,
isolat1ToUTF8 bound error (Alfred Mickautsch), output of parameter
entities in internal subset (William), internal subset bug in push mode,
&lt;xs:all&gt; fix (Alexey Sarytchev)</li>
<li>Build: fix for automake-1.8 (Alexander Winston), warnings removal
(Philip Ludlam), SOCKLEN_T detection fixes (Daniel Richard), fix
--with-minimum configuration.</li>
<li>XInclude: allow the 2001 namespace without warning.</li>
<li>Documentation: missing example/index.html (John Fleck), version
dependancies (John Fleck)</li>
<li>reader API: structured error reporting (Steve Ball)</li>
<li>Windows compilation: mingw, msys (Mikhail Grushinskiy), function
prototype (Cameron Johnson), MSVC6 compiler warnings, _WINSOCKAPI_
<li>Parsers: added xmlByteConsumed(ctxt) API to get the byte offest in
<h3>2.6.5: Jan 25 2004</h3>
<li>Bugfixes: dictionnaries for schemas (William Brack), regexp segfault
(William), xs:all problem (William), a number of XPointer bugfixes
(William), xmllint error go to stderr, DTD validation problem with
namespace, memory leak (William), SAX1 cleanup and minimal options fixes
(Mark Vadoc), parser context reset on error (Shaun McCance), XPath union
evaluation problem (William) , xmlReallocLoc with NULL (Aleksey Sanin),
XML Schemas double free (Steve Ball), XInclude with no href, argument
callbacks order for XPath callbacks (Frederic Peters)</li>
<li>Documentation: python scripts (William Brack), xslt stylesheets (John
Fleck), doc (Sven Zimmerman), I/O example.</li>
<li>Python bindings: fixes (William), enum support (Stéphane Bidoul),
structured error reporting (Stéphane Bidoul)</li>
<li>XInclude: various fixes for conformance, problem related to dictionnary
references (William &amp; me), recursion (William)</li>
<li>xmlWriter: indentation (Lucas Brasilino), memory leaks (Alfred
<li>xmlSchemas: normalizedString datatype (John Belmonte)</li>
<li>code cleanup for strings functions (William)</li>
<li>Windows: compiler patches (Mark Vakoc)</li>
<li>Parser optimizations, a few new XPath and dictionnary APIs for future
XSLT optimizations.</li>
<h3>2.6.4: Dec 24 2003</h3>
<li>Windows build fixes (Igor Zlatkovic)</li>
<li>Some serious XInclude problems reported by Oleg Paraschenko and</li>
<li>Unix and Makefile packaging fixes (me, William Brack,</li>
<li>Documentation improvements (John Fleck, William Brack), example fix
(Lucas Brasilino)</li>
<li>bugfixes: xmlTextReaderExpand() with xmlReaderWalker, XPath handling of
NULL strings (William Brack) , API building reader or parser from
filedescriptor should not close it, changed XPath sorting to be stable
again (William Brack), xmlGetNodePath() generating '(null)' (William
Brack), DTD validation and namespace bug (William Brack), XML Schemas
double inclusion behaviour</li>
<h3>2.6.3: Dec 10 2003</h3>
<li>documentation updates and cleanup (DV, William Brack, John Fleck)</li>
<li>added a repository of examples, examples from Aleksey Sanin, Dodji
Seketeli, Alfred Mickautsch</li>
<li>Windows updates: Mark Vakoc, Igor Zlatkovic, Eric Zurcher, Mingw
(Kenneth Haley)</li>
<li>Unicode range checking (William Brack)</li>
<li>code cleanup (William Brack)</li>
<li>Python bindings: doc (John Fleck), bug fixes</li>
<li>UTF-16 cleanup and BOM issues (William Brack)</li>
<li>bug fixes: ID and xmlReader validation, XPath (William Brack),
xmlWriter (Alfred Mickautsch), hash.h inclusion problem, HTML parser
(James Bursa), attribute defaulting and validation, some serialization
cleanups, XML_GET_LINE macro, memory debug when using threads (William
Brack), serialization of attributes and entities content, xmlWriter
(Daniel Schulman)</li>
<li>XInclude bugfix, new APIs and update to the last version including the
namespace change.</li>
<li>XML Schemas improvements: include (Robert Stepanek), import and
namespace handling, fixed the regression tests troubles, added examples
based on Eric van der Vlist book, regexp fixes</li>
<li>preliminary pattern support for streaming (needed for schemas
constraints), added xmlTextReaderPreservePattern() to collect subdocument
when streaming.</li>
<li>various fixes in the structured error handling</li>
<h3>2.6.2: Nov 4 2003</h3>
<li>XPath context unregistration fixes</li>
<li>text node coalescing fixes (Mark Lilback)</li>
<li>API to screate a W3C Schemas from an existing document (Steve Ball)</li>
<li>BeOS patches (Marcin 'Shard' Konicki)</li>
<li>xmlStrVPrintf function added (Aleksey Sanin)</li>
<li>compilation fixes (Mark Vakoc)</li>
<li>stdin parsing fix (William Brack)</li>
<li>a posteriori DTD validation fixes</li>
<li>xmlReader bug fixes: Walker fixes, python bindings</li>
<li>fixed xmlStopParser() to really stop the parser and errors</li>
<li>always generate line numbers when using the new xmlReadxxx
<li>added XInclude support to the xmlReader interface</li>
<li>implemented XML_PARSE_NONET parser option</li>
<li>DocBook XSLT processing bug fixed</li>
<li>HTML serialization for &lt;p&gt; elements (William Brack and me)</li>
<li>XPointer failure in XInclude are now handled as resource errors</li>
<li>fixed xmllint --html to use the HTML serializer on output (added
--xmlout to implement the previous behaviour of saving it using the XML
<h3>2.6.1: Oct 28 2003</h3>
<li>Mostly bugfixes after the big 2.6.0 changes</li>
<li>Unix compilation patches: libxml.m4 (Patrick Welche), warnings cleanup
(William Brack)</li>
<li>Windows compilation patches (Joachim Bauch, Stephane Bidoul, Igor
<li>xmlWriter bugfix (Alfred Mickautsch)</li>
<li>chvalid.[ch]: couple of fixes from Stephane Bidoul</li>
<li>context reset: error state reset, push parser reset (Graham
<li>context reuse: generate errors if file is not readable</li>
<li>defaulted attributes for element coming from internal entities
(Stephane Bidoul)</li>
<li>Python: tab and spaces mix (William Brack)</li>
<li>Error handler could crash in DTD validation in 2.6.0</li>
<li>xmlReader: do not use the document or element _private field</li>
<li>testSAX.c: avoid a problem with some PIs (Massimo Morara)</li>
<li>general bug fixes: mandatory encoding in text decl, serializing
Document Fragment nodes, xmlSearchNs 2.6.0 problem (Kasimier Buchcik),
XPath errors not reported, slow HTML parsing of large documents.</li>
<h3>2.6.0: Oct 20 2003</h3>
<li>Major revision release: should be API and ABI compatible but got a lot
of change</li>
<li>Increased the library modularity, far more options can be stripped out,
a --with-minimum configuration will weight around 160KBytes</li>
<li>Use per parser and per document dictionnary, allocate names and small
text nodes from the dictionnary</li>
<li>Switch to a SAX2 like parser rewrote most of the XML parser core,
provides namespace resolution and defaulted attributes, minimize memory
allocations and copies, namespace checking and specific error handling,
immutable buffers, make predefined entities static structures, etc...</li>
<li>rewrote all the error handling in the library, all errors can be
intercepted at a structured level, with precise information
<li>New simpler and more generic XML and HTML parser APIs, allowing to
easilly modify the parsing options and reuse parser context for multiple
consecutive documents.</li>
<li>Similar new APIs for the xmlReader, for options and reuse, provided new
functions to access content as const strings, use them for Python
<li>a lot of other smaller API improvements: xmlStrPrintf (Aleksey Sanin),
Walker i.e. reader on a document tree based on Alfred Mickautsch code,
make room in nodes for line numbers, reference counting and future PSVI
extensions, generation of character ranges to be checked with faster
algorithm (William), xmlParserMaxDepth (Crutcher Dunnavant), buffer
<li>New xmlWriter API provided by Alfred Mickautsch</li>
<li>Schemas: base64 support by Anthony Carrico</li>
<li>Parser&lt;-&gt;HTTP integration fix, proper processing of the Mime-Type
and charset informations if available.</li>
<li>Relax-NG: bug fixes including the one reported by Martijn Faassen and
zeroOrMore, better error reporting.</li>
<li>Python bindings (Stéphane Bidoul), never use stdout for errors
<li>Portability: all the headers have macros for export and calling
convention definitions (Igor Zlatkovic), VMS update (Craig A. Berry),
Windows: threads (Jesse Pelton), Borland compiler (Eric Zurcher, Igor),
Mingw (Igor), typos (Mark Vakoc), beta version (Stephane Bidoul),
warning cleanups on AIX and MIPS compilers (William Brack), BeOS (Marcin
'Shard' Konicki)</li>
<li>Documentation fixes and README (William Brack), search fix (William),
tutorial updates (John Fleck), namespace docs (Stefan Kost)</li>
<li>Bug fixes: xmlCleanupParser (Dave Beckett), threading uninitialized
mutexes, HTML doctype lowercase, SAX/IO (William), compression detection
and restore (William), attribute declaration in DTDs (William), namespace
on attribute in HTML output (William), input filename (Rob Richards),
namespace DTD validation, xmlReplaceNode (Chris Ryland), I/O callbacks
(Markus Keim), CDATA serialization (Shaun McCance), xmlReader (Peter
Derr), high codepoint charref like &amp;#x10FFFF;, buffer access in push
mode (Justin Fletcher), TLS threads on Windows (Jesse Pelton), XPath bug
(William), xmlCleanupParser (Marc Liyanage), CDATA output (William), HTTP
error handling.</li>
<li>xmllint options: --dtdvalidfpi for Tobias Reif, --sax1 for compat
testing, --nodict for building without tree dictionnary, --nocdata to
replace CDATA by text, --nsclean to remove surperfluous namespace
<li>added xml2-config --libtool-libs option from Kevin P. Fleming</li>
<li>a lot of profiling and tuning of the code, speedup patch for
xmlSearchNs() by Luca Padovani. The xmlReader should do far less
allocation and it speed should get closer to SAX. Chris Anderson worked
on speeding and cleaning up repetitive checking code.</li>
<li>cleanup of "make tests"</li>
<li>libxml-2.0-uninstalled.pc from Malcolm Tredinnick</li>
<li>deactivated the broken docBook SGML parser code and plugged the XML
parser instead.</li>
<h3>2.5.11: Sep 9 2003</h3>
<p>A bugfix only release:</p>
<li>risk of crash in Relax-NG</li>
<li>risk of crash when using multithreaded programs</li>
<h3>2.5.10: Aug 15 2003</h3>
<p>A bugfixes only release</p>
<li>Windows Makefiles (William Brack)</li>
<li>UTF-16 support fixes (Mark Itzcovitz)</li>
<li>Makefile and portability (William Brack) automake, Linux alpha, Mingw
on Windows (Mikhail Grushinskiy)</li>
<li>HTML parser (Oliver Stoeneberg)</li>
<li>XInclude performance problem reported by Kevin Ruscoe</li>
<li>XML parser performance problem reported by Grant Goodale</li>
<li>xmlSAXParseDTD() bug fix from Malcolm Tredinnick</li>
<li>and a couple other cleanup</li>
<h3>2.5.9: Aug 9 2003</h3>
<li>bugfixes: IPv6 portability, xmlHasNsProp (Markus Keim), Windows build
(Wiliam Brake, Jesse Pelton, Igor), Schemas (Peter Sobisch), threading
(Rob Richards), hexBinary type (), UTF-16 BOM (Dodji Seketeli),
xmlReader, Relax-NG schemas compilation, namespace handling, EXSLT (Sean
Griffin), HTML parsing problem (William Brack), DTD validation for mixed
content + namespaces, HTML serialization, library initialization,
progressive HTML parser</li>
<li>better interfaces for Relax-NG error handling (Joachim Bauch, )</li>
<li>adding xmlXIncludeProcessTree() for XInclud'ing in a subtree</li>
<li>doc fixes and improvements (John Fleck)</li>
<li>configure flag for -with-fexceptions when embedding in C++</li>
<li>couple of new UTF-8 helper functions (William Brack)</li>
<li>general encoding cleanup + ISO-8859-x without iconv (Peter Jacobi)</li>
<li>xmlTextReader cleanup + enum for node types (Bjorn Reese)</li>
<li>general compilation/warning cleanup Solaris/HP-UX/... (William
<h3>2.5.8: Jul 6 2003</h3>
<li>bugfixes: XPath, XInclude, file/URI mapping, UTF-16 save (Mark
Itzcovitz), UTF-8 checking, URI saving, error printing (William Brack),
PI related memleak, compilation without schemas or without xpath (Joerg
Schmitz-Linneweber/Garry Pennington), xmlUnlinkNode problem with DTDs,
rpm problem on , i86_64, removed a few compilation problems from 2.5.7,
xmlIOParseDTD, and xmlSAXParseDTD (Malcolm Tredinnick)</li>
<li>portability: DJGPP (MsDos) , OpenVMS (Craig A. Berry)</li>
<li>William Brack fixed multithreading lock problems</li>
<li>IPv6 patch for FTP and HTTP accesses (Archana Shah/Wipro)</li>
<li>Windows fixes (Igor Zlatkovic, Eric Zurcher), threading (Stéphane
<li>A few W3C Schemas Structure improvements</li>
<li>W3C Schemas Datatype improvements (Charlie Bozeman)</li>
<li>Python bindings for thread globals (Stéphane Bidoul), and method/class
<li>added --nonet option to xmllint</li>
<li>documentation improvements (John Fleck)</li>
<h3>2.5.7: Apr 25 2003</h3>
<li>Relax-NG: Compiling to regexp and streaming validation on top of the
xmlReader interface, added to xmllint --stream</li>
<li>xmlReader: Expand(), Next() and DOM access glue, bug fixes</li>
<li>Support for large files: RGN validated a 4.5GB instance</li>
<li>Thread support is now configured in by default</li>
<li>Fixes: update of the Trio code (Bjorn), WXS Date and Duration fixes
(Charles Bozeman), DTD and namespaces (Brent Hendricks), HTML push parser
and zero bytes handling, some missing Windows file path conversions,
behaviour of the parser and validator in the presence of "out of memory"
error conditions</li>
<li>extended the API to be able to plug a garbage collecting memory
allocator, added xmlMallocAtomic() and modified the allocations
<li>Performances: removed excessive malloc() calls, speedup of the push and
xmlReader interfaces, removed excessive thread locking</li>
<li>Documentation: man page (John Fleck), xmlReader documentation</li>
<li>Python: adding binding for xmlCatalogAddLocal (Brent M Hendricks)</li>
<h3>2.5.6: Apr 1 2003</h3>
<li>Fixed W3C XML Schemas datatype, should be compliant now except for
binHex and base64 which are not supported yet.</li>
<li>bug fixes: non-ASCII IDs, HTML output, XInclude on large docs and
XInclude entities handling, encoding detection on external subsets, XML
Schemas bugs and memory leaks, HTML parser (James Bursa)</li>
<li>portability: python/trio (Albert Chin), Sun compiler warnings</li>
<li>documentation: added --relaxng option to xmllint man page (John)</li>
<li>improved error reporting: xml:space, start/end tag mismatches, Relax NG
<h3>2.5.5: Mar 24 2003</h3>
<li>Lot of fixes on the Relax NG implementation. More testing including
DocBook and TEI examples.</li>
<li>Increased the support for W3C XML Schemas datatype</li>
<li>Several bug fixes in the URI handling layer</li>
<li>Bug fixes: HTML parser, xmlReader, DTD validation, XPath, encoding
conversion, line counting in the parser.</li>
<li>Added support for $XMLLINT_INDENT environment variable, FTP delete</li>
<li>Fixed the RPM spec file name</li>
<h3>2.5.4: Feb 20 2003</h3>
<li>Conformance testing and lot of fixes on Relax NG and XInclude
<li>Implementation of XPointer element() scheme</li>
<li>Bug fixes: XML parser, XInclude entities merge, validity checking on
<p>2 serialization bugs, node info generation problems, a DTD regexp
generation problem.</p>
<li>Portability: windows updates and path canonicalization (Igor)</li>
<li>A few typo fixes (Kjartan Maraas)</li>
<li>Python bindings generator fixes (Stephane Bidoul)</li>
<h3>2.5.3: Feb 10 2003</h3>
<li>RelaxNG and XML Schemas datatypes improvements, and added a first
version of RelaxNG Python bindings</li>
<li>Fixes: XLink (Sean Chittenden), XInclude (Sean Chittenden), API fix for
serializing namespace nodes, encoding conversion bug, XHTML1
<li>Portability fixes: Windows (Igor), AMD 64bits RPM spec file</li>
<h3>2.5.2: Feb 5 2003</h3>
<li>First implementation of RelaxNG, added --relaxng flag to xmllint</li>
<li>Schemas support now compiled in by default.</li>
<li>Bug fixes: DTD validation, namespace checking, XInclude and entities,
delegateURI in XML Catalogs, HTML parser, XML reader (Stéphane Bidoul),
XPath parser and evaluation, UTF8ToUTF8 serialization, XML reader memory
consumption, HTML parser, HTML serialization in the presence of
<li>added an HTML API to check elements and attributes.</li>
<li>Documentation improvement, PDF for the tutorial (John Fleck), doc
patches (Stefan Kost)</li>
<li>Portability fixes: NetBSD (Julio Merino), Windows (Igor Zlatkovic)</li>
<li>Added python bindings for XPointer, contextual error reporting
(Stéphane Bidoul)</li>
<li>URI/file escaping problems (Stefano Zacchiroli)</li>
<h3>2.5.1: Jan 8 2003</h3>
<li>Fixes a memory leak and configuration/compilation problems in 2.5.0</li>
<li>documentation updates (John)</li>
<li>a couple of XmlTextReader fixes</li>
<h3>2.5.0: Jan 6 2003</h3>
<li>New <a href="xmlreader.html">XmltextReader interface</a> based on C#
API (with help of Stéphane Bidoul)</li>
<li>Windows: more exports, including the new API (Igor)</li>
<li>XInclude fallback fix</li>
<li>Python: bindings for the new API, packaging (Stéphane Bidoul), Python xml.sax driver (Stéphane Bidoul), fixes, speedup
and iterators for Python-2.2 (Hannu Krosing)</li>
<li>Tutorial fixes (john Fleck and Niraj Tolia) xmllint man update
<li>Fix an XML parser bug raised by Vyacheslav Pindyura</li>
<li>Fix for VMS serialization (Nigel Hall) and config (Craig A. Berry)</li>
<li>Entities handling fixes</li>
<li>new API to optionally track node creation and deletion (Lukas
<li>Added documentation for the XmltextReader interface and some <a
href="guidelines.html">XML guidelines</a></li>
<h3>2.4.30: Dec 12 2002</h3>
<li>2.4.29 broke the python bindings, rereleasing</li>
<li>Improvement/fixes of the XML API generator, and couple of minor code
<h3>2.4.29: Dec 11 2002</h3>
<li>Windows fixes (Igor): Windows CE port, pthread linking, python bindings
(Stéphane Bidoul), Mingw (Magnus Henoch), and export list updates</li>
<li>Fix for prev in python bindings (ERDI Gergo)</li>
<li>Fix for entities handling (Marcus Clarke)</li>
<li>Refactored the XML and HTML dumps to a single code path, fixed XHTML1
<li>Fix for URI parsing when handling URNs with fragment identifiers</li>
<li>Fix for HTTP URL escaping problem</li>
<li>added an TextXmlReader (C#) like API (work in progress)</li>
<li>Rewrote the API in XML generation script, includes a C parser and saves
more informations needed for C# bindings</li>
<h3>2.4.28: Nov 22 2002</h3>
<li>a couple of python binding fixes</li>
<li>2 bug fixes in the XML push parser</li>
<li>potential memory leak removed (Martin Stoilov)</li>
<li>fix to the configure script for Unix (Dimitri Papadopoulos)</li>
<li>added encoding support for XInclude parse="text"</li>
<li>autodetection of XHTML1 and specific serialization rules added</li>
<li>nasty threading bug fixed (William Brack)</li>
<h3>2.4.27: Nov 17 2002</h3>
<li>fixes for the Python bindings</li>
<li>a number of bug fixes: SGML catalogs, xmlParseBalancedChunkMemory(),
HTML parser, Schemas (Charles Bozeman), document fragment support
(Christian Glahn), xmlReconciliateNs (Brian Stafford), XPointer,
xmlFreeNode(), xmlSAXParseMemory (Peter Jones), xmlGetNodePath (Petr
Pajas), entities processing</li>
<li>added grep to xmllint --shell</li>
<li>VMS update patch from Craig A. Berry</li>
<li>cleanup of the Windows build with support for more compilers (Igor),
better thread support on Windows</li>
<li>cleanup of Unix Makefiles and spec file</li>
<li>Improvements to the documentation (John Fleck)</li>
<h3>2.4.26: Oct 18 2002</h3>
<li>Patches for Windows CE port, improvements on Windows paths handling</li>
<li>Fixes to the validation code (DTD and Schemas), xmlNodeGetPath() ,
HTML serialization, Namespace compliance, and a number of small
<h3>2.4.25: Sep 26 2002</h3>
<li>A number of bug fixes: XPath, validation, Python bindings, DOM and
tree, xmlI/O, Html</li>
<li>Serious rewrite of XInclude</li>
<li>Made XML Schemas regexp part of the default build and APIs, small fix
and improvement of the regexp core</li>
<li>Changed the validation code to reuse XML Schemas regexp APIs</li>
<li>Better handling of Windows file paths, improvement of Makefiles (Igor,
Daniel Gehriger, Mark Vakoc)</li>
<li>Improved the python I/O bindings, the tests, added resolver and regexp
<li>New logos from Marc Liyanage</li>
<li>Tutorial improvements: John Fleck, Christopher Harris</li>
<li>Makefile: Fixes for AMD x86_64 (Mandrake), DESTDIR (Christophe
<li>removal of all stderr/perror use for error reporting</li>
<li>Better error reporting: XPath and DTD validation</li>
<li>update of the trio portability layer (Bjorn Reese)</li>
<p><strong>2.4.24: Aug 22 2002</strong></p>
<li>XPath fixes (William), xf:escape-uri() (Wesley Terpstra)</li>
<li>Python binding fixes: makefiles (William), generator, rpm build, x86-64
<li>HTML &lt;style&gt; and boolean attributes serializer fixes</li>
<li>C14N improvements by Aleksey</li>
<li>doc cleanups: Rick Jones</li>
<li>Windows compiler makefile updates: Igor and Elizabeth Barham</li>
<li>XInclude: implementation of fallback and xml:base fixup added</li>
<h3>2.4.23: July 6 2002</h3>
<li>performances patches: Peter Jacobi</li>
<li>c14n fixes, testsuite and performances: Aleksey Sanin</li>
<li>added xmlDocFormatDump: Chema Celorio</li>
<li>new tutorial: John Fleck</li>
<li>new hash functions and performances: Sander Vesik, portability fix from
Peter Jacobi</li>
<li>a number of bug fixes: XPath (William Brack, Richard Jinks), XML and
HTML parsers, ID lookup function</li>
<li>removal of all remaining sprintf: Aleksey Sanin</li>
<h3>2.4.22: May 27 2002</h3>
<li>a number of bug fixes: configure scripts, base handling, parser, memory
usage, HTML parser, XPath, documentation (Christian Cornelssen),
indentation, URI parsing</li>
<li>Optimizations for XMLSec, fixing and making public some of the network
protocol handlers (Aleksey)</li>
<li>performance patch from Gary Pennington</li>
<li>Charles Bozeman provided date and time support for XML Schemas
<h3>2.4.21: Apr 29 2002</h3>
<p>This release is both a bug fix release and also contains the early XML
Schemas <a href="">structures</a> and <a
href="">datatypes</a> code, beware, all
interfaces are likely to change, there is huge holes, it is clearly a work in
progress and don't even think of putting this code in a production system,
it's actually not compiled in by default. The real fixes are:</p>
<li>a couple of bugs or limitations introduced in 2.4.20</li>
<li>patches for Borland C++ and MSC by Igor</li>
<li>some fixes on XPath strings and conformance patches by Richard
<li>patch from Aleksey for the ExcC14N specification</li>
<li>OSF/1 bug fix by Bjorn</li>
<h3>2.4.20: Apr 15 2002</h3>
<li>bug fixes: file descriptor leak, XPath, HTML output, DTD validation</li>
<li>XPath conformance testing by Richard Jinks</li>
<li>Portability fixes: Solaris, MPE/iX, Windows, OSF/1, python bindings,
<h3>2.4.19: Mar 25 2002</h3>
<li>bug fixes: half a dozen XPath bugs, Validation, ISO-Latin to UTF8
<li>portability fixes in the HTTP code</li>
<li>memory allocation checks using valgrind, and profiling tests</li>
<li>revamp of the Windows build and Makefiles</li>
<h3>2.4.18: Mar 18 2002</h3>
<li>bug fixes: tree, SAX, canonicalization, validation, portability,
<li>removed the --with-buffer option it was becoming unmaintainable</li>
<li>serious cleanup of the Python makefiles</li>
<li>speedup patch to XPath very effective for DocBook stylesheets</li>
<li>Fixes for Windows build, cleanup of the documentation</li>
<h3>2.4.17: Mar 8 2002</h3>
<li>a lot of bug fixes, including "namespace nodes have no parents in
<li>fixed/improved the Python wrappers, added more examples and more
regression tests, XPath extension functions can now return node-sets</li>
<li>added the XML Canonicalization support from Aleksey Sanin</li>
<h3>2.4.16: Feb 20 2002</h3>
<li>a lot of bug fixes, most of them were triggered by the XML Testsuite
from OASIS and W3C. Compliance has been significantly improved.</li>
<li>a couple of portability fixes too.</li>
<h3>2.4.15: Feb 11 2002</h3>
<li>Fixed the Makefiles, especially the python module ones</li>
<li>A few bug fixes and cleanup</li>
<li>Includes cleanup</li>
<h3>2.4.14: Feb 8 2002</h3>
<li>Change of License to the <a
License</a> basically for integration in XFree86 codebase, and removing
confusion around the previous dual-licensing</li>
<li>added Python bindings, beta software but should already be quite
<li>a large number of fixes and cleanups, especially for all tree
<li>cleanup of the headers, generation of a reference API definition in
<h3>2.4.13: Jan 14 2002</h3>
<li>update of the documentation: John Fleck and Charlie Bozeman</li>
<li>cleanup of timing code from Justin Fletcher</li>
<li>fixes for Windows and initial thread support on Win32: Igor and Serguei
<li>Cygwin patch from Robert Collins</li>
<li>added xmlSetEntityReferenceFunc() for Keith Isdale work on xsldbg</li>
<h3>2.4.12: Dec 7 2001</h3>
<li>a few bug fixes: thread (Gary Pennington), xmllint (Geert Kloosterman),
XML parser (Robin Berjon), XPointer (Danny Jamshy), I/O cleanups
<li>Eric Lavigne contributed project files for MacOS</li>
<li>some makefiles cleanups</li>
<h3>2.4.11: Nov 26 2001</h3>
<li>fixed a couple of errors in the includes, fixed a few bugs, some code
<li>xmllint man pages improvement by Heiko Rupp</li>
<li>updated VMS build instructions from John A Fotheringham</li>
<li>Windows Makefiles updates from Igor</li>
<h3>2.4.10: Nov 10 2001</h3>
<li>URI escaping fix (Joel Young)</li>
<li>added xmlGetNodePath() (for paths or XPointers generation)</li>
<li>Fixes namespace handling problems when using DTD and validation</li>
<li>improvements on xmllint: Morus Walter patches for --format and
--encode, Stefan Kost and Heiko Rupp improvements on the --shell</li>
<li>fixes for xmlcatalog linking pointed by Weiqi Gao</li>
<li>fixes to the HTML parser</li>
<h3>2.4.9: Nov 6 2001</h3>
<li>fixes more catalog bugs</li>
<li>avoid a compilation problem, improve xmlGetLineNo()</li>
<h3>2.4.8: Nov 4 2001</h3>
<li>fixed SGML catalogs broken in previous release, updated xmlcatalog
<li>fixed a compile errors and some includes troubles.</li>
<h3>2.4.7: Oct 30 2001</h3>
<li>exported some debugging interfaces</li>
<li>serious rewrite of the catalog code</li>
<li>integrated Gary Pennington thread safety patch, added configure option
and regression tests</li>
<li>removed an HTML parser bug</li>
<li>fixed a couple of potentially serious validation bugs</li>
<li>integrated the SGML DocBook support in xmllint</li>
<li>changed the nanoftp anonymous login passwd</li>
<li>some I/O cleanup and a couple of interfaces for Perl wrapper</li>
<li>general bug fixes</li>
<li>updated xmllint man page by John Fleck</li>
<li>some VMS and Windows updates</li>
<h3>2.4.6: Oct 10 2001</h3>
<li>added an updated man pages by John Fleck</li>
<li>portability and configure fixes</li>
<li>an infinite loop on the HTML parser was removed (William)</li>
<li>Windows makefile patches from Igor</li>
<li>fixed half a dozen bugs reported for libxml or libxslt</li>
<li>updated xmlcatalog to be able to modify SGML super catalogs</li>
<h3>2.4.5: Sep 14 2001</h3>
<li>Remove a few annoying bugs in 2.4.4</li>
<li>forces the HTML serializer to output decimal charrefs since some
version of Netscape can't handle hexadecimal ones</li>
<h3>1.8.16: Sep 14 2001</h3>
<li>maintenance release of the old libxml1 branch, couple of bug and
portability fixes</li>
<h3>2.4.4: Sep 12 2001</h3>
<li>added --convert to xmlcatalog, bug fixes and cleanups of XML
<li>a few bug fixes and some portability changes</li>
<li>some documentation cleanups</li>
<h3>2.4.3: Aug 23 2001</h3>
<li>XML Catalog support see the doc</li>
<li>New NaN/Infinity floating point code</li>
<li>A few bug fixes</li>
<h3>2.4.2: Aug 15 2001</h3>
<li>adds xmlLineNumbersDefault() to control line number generation</li>
<li>lot of bug fixes</li>
<li>the Microsoft MSC projects files should now be up to date</li>
<li>inheritance of namespaces from DTD defaulted attributes</li>
<li>fixes a serious potential security bug</li>
<li>added a --format option to xmllint</li>
<h3>2.4.1: July 24 2001</h3>
<li>possibility to keep line numbers in the tree</li>
<li>some computation NaN fixes</li>
<li>extension of the XPath API</li>
<li>cleanup for alpha and ia64 targets</li>
<li>patch to allow saving through HTTP PUT or POST</li>
<h3>2.4.0: July 10 2001</h3>
<li>Fixed a few bugs in XPath, validation, and tree handling.</li>
<li>Fixed XML Base implementation, added a couple of examples to the
regression tests</li>
<li>A bit of cleanup</li>
<h3>2.3.14: July 5 2001</h3>
<li>fixed some entities problems and reduce memory requirement when
substituting them</li>
<li>lots of improvements in the XPath queries interpreter can be
substantially faster</li>
<li>Makefiles and configure cleanups</li>
<li>Fixes to XPath variable eval, and compare on empty node set</li>
<li>HTML tag closing bug fixed</li>
<li>Fixed an URI reference computation problem when validating</li>
<h3>2.3.13: June 28 2001</h3>
<li>2.3.12 was broken as well as the push mode XML parser</li>
<li>a few more fixes for compilation on Windows MSC by Yon Derek</li>
<h3>1.8.14: June 28 2001</h3>
<li>Zbigniew Chyla gave a patch to use the old XML parser in push mode</li>
<li>Small Makefile fix</li>
<h3>2.3.12: June 26 2001</h3>
<li>lots of cleanup</li>
<li>a couple of validation fix</li>
<li>fixed line number counting</li>
<li>fixed serious problems in the XInclude processing</li>
<li>added support for UTF8 BOM at beginning of entities</li>
<li>fixed a strange gcc optimizer bugs in xpath handling of float, gcc-3.0
miscompile uri.c (William), Thomas Leitner provided a fix for the
optimizer on Tru64</li>
<li>incorporated Yon Derek and Igor Zlatkovic fixes and improvements for
compilation on Windows MSC</li>
<li>update of libxml-doc.el (Felix Natter)</li>
<li>fixed 2 bugs in URI normalization code</li>
<h3>2.3.11: June 17 2001</h3>
<li>updates to trio, Makefiles and configure should fix some portability
problems (alpha)</li>
<li>fixed some HTML serialization problems (pre, script, and block/inline
handling), added encoding aware APIs, cleanup of this code</li>
<li>added xmlHasNsProp()</li>
<li>implemented a specific PI for encoding support in the DocBook SGML
<li>some XPath fixes (-Infinity, / as a function parameter and namespaces
node selection)</li>
<li>fixed a performance problem and an error in the validation code</li>
<li>fixed XInclude routine to implement the recursive behaviour</li>
<li>fixed xmlFreeNode problem when libxml is included statically twice</li>
<li>added --version to xmllint for bug reports</li>
<h3>2.3.10: June 1 2001</h3>
<li>fixed the SGML catalog support</li>
<li>a number of reported bugs got fixed, in XPath, iconv detection,
XInclude processing</li>
<li>XPath string function should now handle unicode correctly</li>
<h3>2.3.9: May 19 2001</h3>
<p>Lots of bugfixes, and added a basic SGML catalog support:</p>
<li>HTML push bugfix #54891 and another patch from Jonas Borgström</li>
<li>some serious speed optimization again</li>
<li>some documentation cleanups</li>
<li>trying to get better linking on Solaris (-R)</li>
<li>XPath API cleanup from Thomas Broyer</li>
<li>Validation bug fixed #54631, added a patch from Gary Pennington, fixed
<li>Added an INSTALL file</li>
<li>Attribute removal added to API: #54433</li>
<li>added a basic support for SGML catalogs</li>
<li>fixed xmlKeepBlanksDefault(0) API</li>
<li>bugfix in xmlNodeGetLang()</li>
<li>fixed a small configure portability problem</li>
<li>fixed an inversion of SYSTEM and PUBLIC identifier in HTML document</li>
<h3>1.8.13: May 14 2001</h3>
<li>bugfixes release of the old libxml1 branch used by Gnome</li>
<h3>2.3.8: May 3 2001</h3>
<li>Integrated an SGML DocBook parser for the Gnome project</li>
<li>Fixed a few things in the HTML parser</li>
<li>Fixed some XPath bugs raised by XSLT use, tried to fix the floating
point portability issue</li>
<li>Speed improvement (8M/s for SAX, 3M/s for DOM, 1.5M/s for
DOM+validation using the XML REC as input and a 700MHz celeron).</li>
<li>incorporated more Windows cleanup</li>
<li>added xmlSaveFormatFile()</li>
<li>fixed problems in copying nodes with entities references (gdome)</li>
<li>removed some troubles surrounding the new validation module</li>
<h3>2.3.7: April 22 2001</h3>
<li>lots of small bug fixes, corrected XPointer</li>
<li>Non deterministic content model validation support</li>
<li>added xmlDocCopyNode for gdome2</li>
<li>revamped the way the HTML parser handles end of tags</li>
<li>XPath: corrections of namespaces support and number formatting</li>
<li>Windows: Igor Zlatkovic patches for MSC compilation</li>
<li>HTML output fixes from P C Chow and William M. Brack</li>
<li>Improved validation speed sensible for DocBook</li>
<li>fixed a big bug with ID declared in external parsed entities</li>
<li>portability fixes, update of Trio from Bjorn Reese</li>
<h3>2.3.6: April 8 2001</h3>
<li>Code cleanup using extreme gcc compiler warning options, found and
cleared half a dozen potential problem</li>
<li>the Eazel team found an XML parser bug</li>
<li>cleaned up the user of some of the string formatting function. used the
trio library code to provide the one needed when the platform is missing
<li>xpath: removed a memory leak and fixed the predicate evaluation
problem, extended the testsuite and cleaned up the result. XPointer seems
broken ...</li>
<h3>2.3.5: Mar 23 2001</h3>
<li>Biggest change is separate parsing and evaluation of XPath expressions,
there is some new APIs for this too</li>
<li>included a number of bug fixes(XML push parser, 51876, notations,
<li>Fixed some portability issues</li>
<h3>2.3.4: Mar 10 2001</h3>
<li>Fixed bugs #51860 and #51861</li>
<li>Added a global variable xmlDefaultBufferSize to allow default buffer
size to be application tunable.</li>
<li>Some cleanup in the validation code, still a bug left and this part
should probably be rewritten to support ambiguous content model :-\</li>
<li>Fix a couple of serious bugs introduced or raised by changes in 2.3.3
<li>Fixed another bug in xmlNodeGetContent()</li>
<li>Bjorn fixed XPath node collection and Number formatting</li>
<li>Fixed a loop reported in the HTML parsing</li>
<li>blank space are reported even if the Dtd content model proves that they
are formatting spaces, this is for XML conformance</li>
<h3>2.3.3: Mar 1 2001</h3>
<li>small change in XPath for XSLT</li>
<li>documentation cleanups</li>
<li>fix in validation by Gary Pennington</li>
<li>serious parsing performances improvements</li>
<h3>2.3.2: Feb 24 2001</h3>
<li>chasing XPath bugs, found a bunch, completed some TODO</li>
<li>fixed a Dtd parsing bug</li>
<li>fixed a bug in xmlNodeGetContent</li>
<li>ID/IDREF support partly rewritten by Gary Pennington</li>
<h3>2.3.1: Feb 15 2001</h3>
<li>some XPath and HTML bug fixes for XSLT</li>
<li>small extension of the hash table interfaces for DOM gdome2
<li>A few bug fixes</li>
<h3>2.3.0: Feb 8 2001 (2.2.12 was on 25 Jan but I didn't kept track)</h3>
<li>Lots of XPath bug fixes</li>
<li>Add a mode with Dtd lookup but without validation error reporting for
<li>Add support for text node without escaping (XSLT)</li>
<li>bug fixes for xmlCheckFilename</li>
<li>validation code bug fixes from Gary Pennington</li>
<li>Patch from Paul D. Smith correcting URI path normalization</li>
<li>Patch to allow simultaneous install of libxml-devel and
<li>the example Makefile is now fixed</li>
<li>added HTML to the RPM packages</li>
<li>tree copying bugfixes</li>
<li>updates to Windows makefiles</li>
<li>optimization patch from Bjorn Reese</li>
<h3>2.2.11: Jan 4 2001</h3>
<li>bunch of bug fixes (memory I/O, xpath, ftp/http, ...)</li>
<li>added htmlHandleOmittedElem()</li>
<li>Applied Bjorn Reese's IPV6 first patch</li>
<li>Applied Paul D. Smith patches for validation of XInclude results</li>
<li>added XPointer xmlns() new scheme support</li>
<h3>2.2.10: Nov 25 2000</h3>
<li>Fix the Windows problems of 2.2.8</li>
<li>integrate OpenVMS patches</li>
<li>better handling of some nasty HTML input</li>
<li>Improved the XPointer implementation</li>
<li>integrate a number of provided patches</li>
<h3>2.2.9: Nov 25 2000</h3>
<li>erroneous release :-(</li>
<h3>2.2.8: Nov 13 2000</h3>
<li>First version of <a href="">XInclude</a>
<li>Patch in conditional section handling</li>
<li>updated MS compiler project</li>
<li>fixed some XPath problems</li>
<li>added an URI escaping function</li>
<li>some other bug fixes</li>
<h3>2.2.7: Oct 31 2000</h3>
<li>added message redirection</li>
<li>XPath improvements (thanks TOM !)</li>
<li>xmlIOParseDTD() added</li>
<li>various small fixes in the HTML, URI, HTTP and XPointer support</li>
<li>some cleanup of the Makefile, autoconf and the distribution content</li>
<h3>2.2.6: Oct 25 2000:</h3>
<li>Added an hash table module, migrated a number of internal structure to
<li>Fixed a posteriori validation problems</li>
<li>HTTP module cleanups</li>
<li>HTML parser improvements (tag errors, script/style handling, attribute
<li>coalescing of adjacent text nodes</li>
<li>couple of XPath bug fixes, exported the internal API</li>
<h3>2.2.5: Oct 15 2000:</h3>
<li>XPointer implementation and testsuite</li>
<li>Lot of XPath fixes, added variable and functions registration, more
<li>Portability fixes, lots of enhancements toward an easy Windows build
and release</li>
<li>Late validation fixes</li>
<li>Integrated a lot of contributed patches</li>
<li>added memory management docs</li>
<li>a performance problem when using large buffer seems fixed</li>
<h3>2.2.4: Oct 1 2000:</h3>
<li>main XPath problem fixed</li>
<li>Integrated portability patches for Windows</li>
<li>Serious bug fixes on the URI and HTML code</li>
<h3>2.2.3: Sep 17 2000</h3>
<li>bug fixes</li>
<li>cleanup of entity handling code</li>
<li>overall review of all loops in the parsers, all sprintf usage has been
checked too</li>
<li>Far better handling of larges Dtd. Validating against DocBook XML Dtd
works smoothly now.</li>
<h3>1.8.10: Sep 6 2000</h3>
<li>bug fix release for some Gnome projects</li>
<h3>2.2.2: August 12 2000</h3>
<li>mostly bug fixes</li>
<li>started adding routines to access xml parser context options</li>
<h3>2.2.1: July 21 2000</h3>
<li>a purely bug fixes release</li>
<li>fixed an encoding support problem when parsing from a memory block</li>
<li>fixed a DOCTYPE parsing problem</li>
<li>removed a bug in the function allowing to override the memory
allocation routines</li>
<h3>2.2.0: July 14 2000</h3>
<li>applied a lot of portability fixes</li>
<li>better encoding support/cleanup and saving (content is now always
encoded in UTF-8)</li>
<li>the HTML parser now correctly handles encodings</li>
<li>added xmlHasProp()</li>
<li>fixed a serious problem with &amp;#38;</li>
<li>propagated the fix to FTP client</li>
<li>cleanup, bugfixes, etc ...</li>
<li>Added a page about <a href="encoding.html">libxml Internationalization
<h3>1.8.9: July 9 2000</h3>
<li>fixed the spec the RPMs should be better</li>
<li>fixed a serious bug in the FTP implementation, released 1.8.9 to solve
rpmfind users problem</li>
<h3>2.1.1: July 1 2000</h3>
<li>fixes a couple of bugs in the 2.1.0 packaging</li>
<li>improvements on the HTML parser</li>
<h3>2.1.0 and 1.8.8: June 29 2000</h3>
<li>1.8.8 is mostly a commodity package for upgrading to libxml2 according
to <a href="upgrade.html">new instructions</a>. It fixes a nasty problem
about &amp;#38; charref parsing</li>
<li>2.1.0 also ease the upgrade from libxml v1 to the recent version. it
also contains numerous fixes and enhancements:
<li>added xmlStopParser() to stop parsing</li>
<li>improved a lot parsing speed when there is large CDATA blocs</li>
<li>includes XPath patches provided by Picdar Technology</li>
<li>tried to fix as much as possible DTD validation and namespace
related problems</li>
<li>output to a given encoding has been added/tested</li>
<li>lot of various fixes</li>
<h3>2.0.0: Apr 12 2000</h3>
<li>First public release of libxml2. If you are using libxml, it's a good
idea to check the 1.x to 2.x upgrade instructions. NOTE: while initially
scheduled for Apr 3 the release occurred only on Apr 12 due to massive
<li>The include are now located under $prefix/include/libxml (instead of
$prefix/include/gnome-xml), they also are referenced by
<pre>#include &lt;libxml/xxx.h&gt;</pre>
<p>instead of</p>
<pre>#include "xxx.h"</pre>
<li>a new URI module for parsing URIs and following strictly RFC 2396</li>
<li>the memory allocation routines used by libxml can now be overloaded
dynamically by using xmlMemSetup()</li>
<li>The previously CVS only tool tester has been renamed
<strong>xmllint</strong> and is now installed as part of the libxml2
<li>The I/O interface has been revamped. There is now ways to plug in
specific I/O modules, either at the URI scheme detection level using
xmlRegisterInputCallbacks() or by passing I/O functions when creating a
parser context using xmlCreateIOParserCtxt()</li>
<li>there is a C preprocessor macro LIBXML_VERSION providing the version
number of the libxml module in use</li>
<li>a number of optional features of libxml can now be excluded at
configure time (FTP/HTTP/HTML/XPath/Debug)</li>
<h3>2.0.0beta: Mar 14 2000</h3>
<li>This is a first Beta release of libxml version 2</li>
<li>It's available only from<a href="">
FTP</a>, it's packaged as libxml2-2.0.0beta and available as tar and
<li>This version is now the head in the Gnome CVS base, the old one is
available under the tag LIB_XML_1_X</li>
<li>This includes a very large set of changes. From a programmatic point
of view applications should not have to be modified too much, check the
<a href="upgrade.html">upgrade page</a></li>
<li>Some interfaces may changes (especially a bit about encoding).</li>
<li>the updates includes:
<li>fix I18N support. ISO-Latin-x/UTF-8/UTF-16 (nearly) seems correctly
handled now</li>
<li>Better handling of entities, especially well-formedness checking
and proper PEref extensions in external subsets</li>
<li>DTD conditional sections</li>
<li>Validation now correctly handle entities content</li>
<li><a href="">change
structures to accommodate DOM</a></li>
<li>Serious progress were made toward compliance, <a
href="conf/result.html">here are the result of the test</a> against the
OASIS testsuite (except the Japanese tests since I don't support that
encoding yet). This URL is rebuilt every couple of hours using the CVS
head version.</li>
<h3>1.8.7: Mar 6 2000</h3>
<li>This is a bug fix release:</li>
<li>It is possible to disable the ignorable blanks heuristic used by
libxml-1.x, a new function xmlKeepBlanksDefault(0) will allow this. Note
that for adherence to XML spec, this behaviour will be disabled by
default in 2.x . The same function will allow to keep compatibility for
old code.</li>
<li>Blanks in &lt;a&gt; &lt;/a&gt; constructs are not ignored anymore,
avoiding heuristic is really the Right Way :-\</li>
<li>The unchecked use of snprintf which was breaking libxml-1.8.6
compilation on some platforms has been fixed</li>
<li>nanoftp.c nanohttp.c: Fixed '#' and '?' stripping when processing
<h3>1.8.6: Jan 31 2000</h3>
<li>added a nanoFTP transport module, debugged until the new version of <a
href="">rpmfind</a> can use
it without troubles</li>
<h3>1.8.5: Jan 21 2000</h3>
<li>adding APIs to parse a well balanced chunk of XML (production <a
href="">[43] content</a> of the
XML spec)</li>
<li>fixed a hideous bug in xmlGetProp pointed by</li>
<li>Jody Goldberg &lt;; provided another patch trying
to solve the zlib checks problems</li>
<li>The current state in gnome CVS base is expected to ship as 1.8.5 with
gnumeric soon</li>
<h3>1.8.4: Jan 13 2000</h3>
<li>bug fixes, reintroduced xmlNewGlobalNs(), fixed xmlNewNs()</li>
<li>all exit() call should have been removed from libxml</li>
<li>fixed a problem with INCLUDE_WINSOCK on WIN32 platform</li>
<li>added newDocFragment()</li>
<h3>1.8.3: Jan 5 2000</h3>
<li>a Push interface for the XML and HTML parsers</li>
<li>a shell-like interface to the document tree (try tester --shell :-)</li>
<li>lots of bug fixes and improvement added over XMas holidays</li>
<li>fixed the DTD parsing code to work with the xhtml DTD</li>
<li>added xmlRemoveProp(), xmlRemoveID() and xmlRemoveRef()</li>
<li>Fixed bugs in xmlNewNs()</li>
<li>External entity loading code has been revamped, now it uses
xmlLoadExternalEntity(), some fix on entities processing were added</li>
<li>cleaned up WIN32 includes of socket stuff</li>
<h3>1.8.2: Dec 21 1999</h3>
<li>I got another problem with includes and C++, I hope this issue is fixed
for good this time</li>
<li>Added a few tree modification functions: xmlReplaceNode,
xmlAddPrevSibling, xmlAddNextSibling, xmlNodeSetName and
<li>Tried to improve the HTML output with help from <a
href="">Chris Lahey</a></li>
<h3>1.8.1: Dec 18 1999</h3>
<li>various patches to avoid troubles when using libxml with C++ compilers
the "namespace" keyword and C escaping in include files</li>
<li>a problem in one of the core macros IS_CHAR was corrected</li>
<li>fixed a bug introduced in 1.8.0 breaking default namespace processing,
and more specifically the Dia application</li>
<li>fixed a posteriori validation (validation after parsing, or by using a
Dtd not specified in the original document)</li>
<li>fixed a bug in</li>
<h3>1.8.0: Dec 12 1999</h3>
<li>cleanup, especially memory wise</li>
<li>the parser should be more reliable, especially the HTML one, it should
not crash, whatever the input !</li>
<li>Integrated various patches, especially a speedup improvement for large
dataset from <a href="">Carl Nygard</a>,
configure with --with-buffers to enable them.</li>
<li>attribute normalization, oops should have been added long ago !</li>
<li>attributes defaulted from DTDs should be available, xmlSetProp() now
does entities escaping by default.</li>
<h3>1.7.4: Oct 25 1999</h3>
<li>Lots of HTML improvement</li>
<li>Fixed some errors when saving both XML and HTML</li>
<li>More examples, the regression tests should now look clean</li>
<li>Fixed a bug with contiguous charref</li>
<h3>1.7.3: Sep 29 1999</h3>
<li>portability problems fixed</li>
<li>snprintf was used unconditionally, leading to link problems on system
were it's not available, fixed</li>
<h3>1.7.1: Sep 24 1999</h3>
<li>The basic type for strings manipulated by libxml has been renamed in
1.7.1 from <strong>CHAR</strong> to <strong>xmlChar</strong>. The reason
is that CHAR was conflicting with a predefined type on Windows. However
on non WIN32 environment, compatibility is provided by the way of a
<strong>#define </strong>.</li>
<li>Changed another error : the use of a structure field called errno, and
leading to troubles on platforms where it's a macro</li>
<h3>1.7.0: Sep 23 1999</h3>
<li>Added the ability to fetch remote DTD or parsed entities, see the <a
href="html/libxml-nanohttp.html">nanohttp</a> module.</li>
<li>Added an errno to report errors by another mean than a simple printf
like callback</li>
<li>Finished ID/IDREF support and checking when validation</li>
<li>Serious memory leaks fixed (there is now a <a
href="html/libxml-xmlmemory.html">memory wrapper</a> module)</li>
<li>Improvement of <a href="">XPath</a>
<li>Added an HTML parser front-end</li>
<h2><a name="XML">XML</a></h2>
<p><a href="">XML is a standard</a> for
markup-based structured documents. Here is <a name="example">an example XML
<pre>&lt;?xml version="1.0"?&gt;
&lt;EXAMPLE prop1="gnome is great" prop2="&amp;amp; linux too"&gt;
&lt;title&gt;Welcome to Gnome&lt;/title&gt;
&lt;title&gt;The Linux adventure&lt;/title&gt;
&lt;p&gt;bla bla bla ...&lt;/p&gt;
&lt;image href="linus.gif"/&gt;
<p>The first line specifies that it is an XML document and gives useful
information about its encoding. Then the rest of the document is a text
format whose structure is specified by tags between brackets. <strong>Each
tag opened has to be closed</strong>. XML is pedantic about this. However, if
a tag is empty (no content), a single tag can serve as both the opening and
closing tag if it ends with <code>/&gt;</code> rather than with
<code>&gt;</code>. Note that, for example, the image tag has no content (just
an attribute) and is closed by ending the tag with <code>/&gt;</code>.</p>
<p>XML can be applied successfully to a wide range of tasks, ranging from
long term structured document maintenance (where it follows the steps of
SGML) to simple data encoding mechanisms like configuration file formatting
(glade), spreadsheets (gnumeric), or even shorter lived documents such as
WebDAV where it is used to encode remote calls between a client and a
<h2><a name="XSLT">XSLT</a></h2>
<p>Check <a href="">the separate libxslt page</a></p>
<p><a href="">XSL Transformations</a>, is a
language for transforming XML documents into other XML documents (or
HTML/textual output).</p>
<p>A separate library called libxslt is available implementing XSLT-1.0 for
libxml2. This module "libxslt" too can be found in the Gnome CVS base.</p>
<p>You can check the <a
supported and the progresses on the <a
<h2><a name="Python">Python and bindings</a></h2>
<p>There are a number of language bindings and wrappers available for
libxml2, the list below is not exhaustive. Please contact the <a
(<a href="">archives</a>) in
order to get updates to this list or to discuss the specific topic of libxml2
or libxslt wrappers or bindings:</p>
<li><a href="">Libxml++</a> seems the
most up-to-date C++ bindings for libxml2, check the <a
and the <a
<li>There is another <a href="">C++ wrapper
based on the gdome2 bindings</a> maintained by Tobias Peters.</li>
<li>and a third C++ wrapper by Peter Jones &lt;;
<p>Website: <a
Sergeant</a> developed <a
href="">XML::LibXSLT</a>, a Perl wrapper for
libxml2/libxslt as part of the <a href="">AxKit XML
application server</a>.</li>
<li>If you're interested into scripting XML processing, have a look at <a
href="">XSH</a> an XML editing shell based on
Libxml2 Perl bindings.</li>
<li><a href="">Dave Kuhlman</a> provides an
earlier version of the libxml/libxslt <a
href="">wrappers for Python</a>.</li>
<li>Gopal.V and Peter Minten develop <a
href="">libxml#</a>, a set of
C# libxml2 bindings.</li>
<li>Petr Kozelka provides <a
href="">Pascal units to glue
libxml2</a> with Kylix, Delphi and other Pascal compilers.</li>
<li>Uwe Fechner also provides <a
href="">idom2</a>, a DOM2
implementation for Kylix2/D5/D6 from Borland.</li>
<li>Wai-Sun "Squidster" Chia provides <a
href="">bindings for Ruby</a> and
libxml2 bindings are also available in Ruby through the <a
href="">libgdome-ruby</a> module
maintained by Tobias Peters.</li>
<li>Steve Ball and contributors maintains <a
href="">libxml2 and libxslt bindings for
<li>There is support for libxml2 in the DOM module of PHP.</li>
<li><a href="">LibxmlJ</a> is
an effort to create a 100% JAXP-compatible Java wrapper for libxml2 and
libxslt as part of GNU ClasspathX project.</li>
<li>Patrick McPhee provides Rexx bindings fof libxml2 and libxslt, look for
<a href="">RexxXML</a>.</li>
<p>The distribution includes a set of Python bindings, which are guaranteed
to be maintained as part of the library in the future, though the Python
interface have not yet reached the completeness of the C API.</p>
<p><a href="">Stéphane Bidoul</a>
maintains <a href="">a Windows port
of the Python bindings</a>.</p>
<p>Note to people interested in building bindings, the API is formalized as
<a href="libxml2-api.xml">an XML API description file</a> which allows to
automate a large part of the Python bindings, this includes function
descriptions, enums, structures, typedefs, etc... The Python script used to
build the bindings is python/ in the source distribution.</p>
<p>To install the Python bindings there are 2 options:</p>
<li>If you use an RPM based distribution, simply install the <a
RPM</a> (and if needed the <a
<li>Otherwise use the <a href="">libxml2-python
module distribution</a> corresponding to your installed version of
libxml2 and libxslt. Note that to install it you will need both libxml2
and libxslt installed and run "python build install" in the
module tree.</li>
<p>The distribution includes a set of examples and regression tests for the
python bindings in the <code>python/tests</code> directory. Here are some
excerpts from those tests:</p>
<p>This is a basic test of the file interface and DOM navigation:</p>
<pre>import libxml2, sys
doc = libxml2.parseFile("tst.xml")
if != "tst.xml":
print " failed"
root = doc.children
if != "doc":
print " failed"
child = root.children
if != "foo":
print " failed"
<p>The Python module is called libxml2; parseFile is the equivalent of
xmlParseFile (most of the bindings are automatically generated, and the xml
prefix is removed and the casing convention are kept). All node seen at the
binding level share the same subset of accessors:</p>
<li><code>name</code> : returns the node name</li>
<li><code>type</code> : returns a string indicating the node type</li>
<li><code>content</code> : returns the content of the node, it is based on
xmlNodeGetContent() and hence is recursive.</li>
<li><code>parent</code> , <code>children</code>, <code>last</code>,
<code>next</code>, <code>prev</code>, <code>doc</code>,
<code>properties</code>: pointing to the associated element in the tree,
those may return None in case no such link exists.</li>
<p>Also note the need to explicitly deallocate documents with freeDoc() .
Reference counting for libxml2 trees would need quite a lot of work to
function properly, and rather than risk memory leaks if not implemented
correctly it sounds safer to have an explicit function to free a tree. The
wrapper python objects like doc, root or child are them automatically garbage
<p>This test check the validation interfaces and redirection of error
<pre>import libxml2
#deactivate error messages from the validation
def noerr(ctx, str):
libxml2.registerErrorHandler(noerr, None)
ctxt = libxml2.createFileParserCtxt("invalid.xml")
doc = ctxt.doc()
valid = ctxt.isValid()
if valid != 0:
print "validity check failed"</pre>
<p>The first thing to notice is the call to registerErrorHandler(), it
defines a new error handler global to the library. It is used to avoid seeing
the error messages when trying to validate the invalid document.</p>
<p>The main interest of that test is the creation of a parser context with
createFileParserCtxt() and how the behaviour can be changed before calling
parseDocument() . Similarly the informations resulting from the parsing phase
are also available using context methods.</p>
<p>Contexts like nodes are defined as class and the libxml2 wrappers maps the
C function interfaces in terms of objects method as much as possible. The
best to get a complete view of what methods are supported is to look at the module containing all the wrappers.</p>
<p>This test show how to activate the push parser interface:</p>
<pre>import libxml2
ctxt = libxml2.createPushParser(None, "&lt;foo", 4, "test.xml")
ctxt.parseChunk("/&gt;", 2, 1)
doc = ctxt.doc()
<p>The context is created with a special call based on the
xmlCreatePushParser() from the C library. The first argument is an optional
SAX callback object, then the initial set of data, the length and the name of
the resource in case URI-References need to be computed by the parser.</p>
<p>Then the data are pushed using the parseChunk() method, the last call
setting the third argument terminate to 1.</p>
<p>this test show the use of the event based parsing interfaces. In this case
the parser does not build a document, but provides callback information as
the parser makes progresses analyzing the data being provided:</p>
<pre>import libxml2
log = ""
class callback:
def startDocument(self):
global log
log = log + "startDocument:"
def endDocument(self):
global log
log = log + "endDocument:"
def startElement(self, tag, attrs):
global log
log = log + "startElement %s %s:" % (tag, attrs)
def endElement(self, tag):
global log
log = log + "endElement %s:" % (tag)
def characters(self, data):
global log
log = log + "characters: %s:" % (data)
def warning(self, msg):
global log
log = log + "warning: %s:" % (msg)
def error(self, msg):
global log
log = log + "error: %s:" % (msg)
def fatalError(self, msg):
global log
log = log + "fatalError: %s:" % (msg)
handler = callback()
ctxt = libxml2.createPushParser(handler, "&lt;foo", 4, "test.xml")
chunk = " url='tst'&gt;b"
ctxt.parseChunk(chunk, len(chunk), 0)
chunk = "ar&lt;/foo&gt;"
ctxt.parseChunk(chunk, len(chunk), 1)
reference = "startDocument:startElement foo {'url': 'tst'}:" + \
"characters: bar:endElement foo:endDocument:"
if log != reference:
print "Error got: %s" % log
print "Expected: %s" % reference</pre>
<p>The key object in that test is the handler, it provides a number of entry
points which can be called by the parser as it makes progresses to indicate
the information set obtained. The full set of callback is larger than what
the callback class in that specific example implements (see the SAX
definition for a complete list). The wrapper will only call those supplied by
the object when activated. The startElement receives the names of the element
and a dictionary containing the attributes carried by this element.</p>
<p>Also note that the reference string generated from the callback shows a
single character call even though the string "bar" is passed to the parser
from 2 different call to parseChunk()</p>
<p>This is a basic test of XPath wrappers support</p>
<pre>import libxml2
doc = libxml2.parseFile("tst.xml")
ctxt = doc.xpathNewContext()
res = ctxt.xpathEval("//*")
if len(res) != 2:
print "xpath query: wrong node set size"
if res[0].name != "doc" or res[1].name != "foo":
print "xpath query: wrong node set value"
<p>This test parses a file, then create an XPath context to evaluate XPath
expression on it. The xpathEval() method execute an XPath query and returns
the result mapped in a Python way. String and numbers are natively converted,
and node sets are returned as a tuple of libxml2 Python nodes wrappers. Like
the document, the XPath context need to be freed explicitly, also not that
the result of the XPath query may point back to the document tree and hence
the document must be freed after the result of the query is used.</p>
<p>This test shows how to extend the XPath engine with functions written in
<pre>import libxml2
def foo(ctx, x):
return x + 1
doc = libxml2.parseFile("tst.xml")
ctxt = doc.xpathNewContext()
libxml2.registerXPathFunction(ctxt._o, "foo", None, foo)
res = ctxt.xpathEval("foo(1)")
if res != 2:
print "xpath extension failure"
<p>Note how the extension function is registered with the context (but that
part is not yet finalized, this may change slightly in the future).</p>
<p>This test is similar to the previous one but shows how the extension
function can access the XPath evaluation context:</p>
<pre>def foo(ctx, x):
global called
# test that access to the XPath evaluation contexts
pctxt = libxml2.xpathParserContext(_obj=ctx)
ctxt = pctxt.context()
called = ctxt.function()
return x + 1</pre>
<p>All the interfaces around the XPath parser(or rather evaluation) context
are not finalized, but it should be sufficient to do contextual work at the
evaluation point.</p>
<h3>Memory debugging:</h3>
<p>last but not least, all tests starts with the following prologue:</p>
<pre>#memory debug specific
<p>and ends with the following epilogue:</p>
<pre>#memory debug specific
if libxml2.debugMemory(1) == 0:
print "OK"
print "Memory leak %d bytes" % (libxml2.debugMemory(1))
<p>Those activate the memory debugging interface of libxml2 where all
allocated block in the library are tracked. The prologue then cleans up the
library state and checks that all allocated memory has been freed. If not it
calls dumpMemory() which saves that list in a <code>.memdump</code> file.</p>
<h2><a name="architecture">libxml2 architecture</a></h2>
<p>Libxml2 is made of multiple components; some of them are optional, and
most of the block interfaces are public. The main components are:</p>
<li>an Input/Output layer</li>
<li>FTP and HTTP client layers (optional)</li>
<li>an Internationalization layer managing the encodings support</li>
<li>a URI module</li>
<li>the XML parser and its basic SAX interface</li>
<li>an HTML parser using the same SAX interface (optional)</li>
<li>a SAX tree module to build an in-memory DOM representation</li>
<li>a tree module to manipulate the DOM representation</li>
<li>a validation module using the DOM representation (optional)</li>
<li>an XPath module for global lookup in a DOM representation
<li>a debug module (optional)</li>
<p>Graphically this gives the following:</p>
<p><img src="libxml.gif" alt="a graphical view of the various"></p>
<h2><a name="tree">The tree output</a></h2>
<p>The parser returns a tree built during the document analysis. The value
returned is an <strong>xmlDocPtr</strong> (i.e., a pointer to an
<strong>xmlDoc</strong> structure). This structure contains information such
as the file name, the document type, and a <strong>children</strong> pointer
which is the root of the document (or more exactly the first child under the
root which is the document). The tree is made of <strong>xmlNode</strong>s,
chained in double-linked lists of siblings and with a children&lt;-&gt;parent
relationship. An xmlNode can also carry properties (a chain of xmlAttr
structures). An attribute may have a value which is a list of TEXT or
ENTITY_REF nodes.</p>
<p>Here is an example (erroneous with respect to the XML spec since there
should be only one ELEMENT under the root):</p>
<p><img src="structure.gif" alt=" structure.gif "></p>
<p>In the source package there is a small program (not installed by default)
called <strong>xmllint</strong> which parses XML files given as argument and
prints them back as parsed. This is useful for detecting errors both in XML
code and in the XML parser itself. It has an option <strong>--debug</strong>
which prints the actual in-memory structure of the document; here is the
result with the <a href="#example">example</a> given before:</p>
content=gnome is great
content= linux too
content=Welcome to Gnome
ELEMENT chapter
content=The Linux adventure
content=bla bla bla ...
<p>This should be useful for learning the internal representation model.</p>
<h2><a name="interface">The SAX interface</a></h2>
<p>Sometimes the DOM tree output is just too large to fit reasonably into
memory. In that case (and if you don't expect to save back the XML document
loaded using libxml), it's better to use the SAX interface of libxml. SAX is
a <strong>callback-based interface</strong> to the parser. Before parsing,
the application layer registers a customized set of callbacks which are
called by the library as it progresses through the XML input.</p>
<p>To get more detailed step-by-step guidance on using the SAX interface of
libxml, see the <a
documentation</a>.written by <a href="">James
<p>You can debug the SAX behaviour by using the <strong>testSAX</strong>
program located in the gnome-xml module (it's usually not shipped in the
binary packages of libxml, but you can find it in the tar source
distribution). Here is the sequence of callbacks that would be reported by
testSAX when parsing the example XML document shown earlier:</p>
SAX.startElement(EXAMPLE, prop1='gnome is great', prop2='&amp;amp; linux too')
SAX.characters( , 3)
SAX.characters( , 4)
SAX.characters(Welcome to Gnome, 16)
SAX.characters( , 3)
SAX.characters( , 3)
SAX.characters( , 4)
SAX.characters(The Linux adventure, 19)
SAX.characters( , 4)
SAX.characters(bla bla bla ..., 15)
SAX.characters( , 4)
SAX.startElement(image, href='linus.gif')
SAX.characters( , 4)
SAX.characters(..., 3)
SAX.characters( , 3)
SAX.characters( , 1)
<p>Most of the other interfaces of libxml2 are based on the DOM tree-building
facility, so nearly everything up to the end of this document presupposes the
use of the standard DOM tree build. Note that the DOM tree itself is built by
a set of registered default callbacks, without internal specific
<h2><a name="Validation">Validation &amp; DTDs</a></h2>
<p>Table of Content:</p>
<li><a href="#General5">General overview</a></li>
<li><a href="#definition">The definition</a></li>
<li><a href="#Simple">Simple rules</a>
<li><a href="#reference">How to reference a DTD from a document</a></li>
<li><a href="#Declaring">Declaring elements</a></li>
<li><a href="#Declaring1">Declaring attributes</a></li>
<li><a href="#Some">Some examples</a></li>
<li><a href="#validate">How to validate</a></li>
<li><a href="#Other">Other resources</a></li>
<h3><a name="General5">General overview</a></h3>
<p>Well what is validation and what is a DTD ?</p>
<p>DTD is the acronym for Document Type Definition. This is a description of
the content for a family of XML files. This is part of the XML 1.0
specification, and allows one to describe and verify that a given document
instance conforms to the set of rules detailing its structure and content.</p>
<p>Validation is the process of checking a document against a DTD (more
generally against a set of construction rules).</p>
<p>The validation process and building DTDs are the two most difficult parts
of the XML life cycle. Briefly a DTD defines all the possible elements to be
found within your document, what is the formal shape of your document tree
(by defining the allowed content of an element; either text, a regular
expression for the allowed list of children, or mixed content i.e. both text
and children). The DTD also defines the valid attributes for all elements and
the types of those attributes.</p>
<h3><a name="definition1">The definition</a></h3>
<p>The <a href="">W3C XML Recommendation</a> (<a
href="">Tim Bray's annotated version of
<li><a href="">Declaring
<li><a href="">Declaring
<p>(unfortunately) all this is inherited from the SGML world, the syntax is
<h3><a name="Simple1">Simple rules</a></h3>
<p>Writing DTDs can be done in many ways. The rules to build them if you need
something permanent or something which can evolve over time can be radically
different. Really complex DTDs like DocBook ones are flexible but quite
harder to design. I will just focus on DTDs for a formats with a fixed simple
structure. It is just a set of basic rules, and definitely not exhaustive nor
usable for complex DTD design.</p>
<h4><a name="reference1">How to reference a DTD from a document</a>:</h4>
<p>Assuming the top element of the document is <code>spec</code> and the dtd
is placed in the file <code>mydtd</code> in the subdirectory
<code>dtds</code> of the directory from where the document were loaded:</p>
<p><code>&lt;!DOCTYPE spec SYSTEM "dtds/mydtd"&gt;</code></p>
<li>The system string is actually an URI-Reference (as defined in <a
href="">RFC 2396</a>) so you can use a
full URL string indicating the location of your DTD on the Web. This is a
really good thing to do if you want others to validate your document.</li>
<li>It is also possible to associate a <code>PUBLIC</code> identifier (a
magic string) so that the DTD is looked up in catalogs on the client side
without having to locate it on the web.</li>
<li>A DTD contains a set of element and attribute declarations, but they
don't define what the root of the document should be. This is explicitly
told to the parser/validator as the first element of the
<code>DOCTYPE</code> declaration.</li>
<h4><a name="Declaring2">Declaring elements</a>:</h4>
<p>The following declares an element <code>spec</code>:</p>
<p><code>&lt;!ELEMENT spec (front, body, back?)&gt;</code></p>
<p>It also expresses that the spec element contains one <code>front</code>,
one <code>body</code> and one optional <code>back</code> children elements in
this order. The declaration of one element of the structure and its content
are done in a single declaration. Similarly the following declares
<code>div1</code> elements:</p>
<p><code>&lt;!ELEMENT div1 (head, (p | list | note)*, div2?)&gt;</code></p>
<p>which means div1 contains one <code>head</code> then a series of optional
<code>p</code>, <code>list</code>s and <code>note</code>s and then an
optional <code>div2</code>. And last but not least an element can contain
<p><code>&lt;!ELEMENT b (#PCDATA)&gt;</code></p>
<p><code>b</code> contains text or being of mixed content (text and elements
in no particular order):</p>
<p><code>&lt;!ELEMENT p (#PCDATA|a|ul|b|i|em)*&gt;</code></p>
<p><code>p </code>can contain text or <code>a</code>, <code>ul</code>,
<code>b</code>, <code>i </code>or <code>em</code> elements in no particular
<h4><a name="Declaring1">Declaring attributes</a>:</h4>
<p>Again the attributes declaration includes their content definition:</p>
<p><code>&lt;!ATTLIST termdef name CDATA #IMPLIED&gt;</code></p>
<p>means that the element <code>termdef</code> can have a <code>name</code>
attribute containing text (<code>CDATA</code>) and which is optional
(<code>#IMPLIED</code>). The attribute value can also be defined within a
<p><code>&lt;!ATTLIST list type (bullets|ordered|glossary)
<p>means <code>list</code> element have a <code>type</code> attribute with 3
allowed values "bullets", "ordered" or "glossary" and which default to
"ordered" if the attribute is not explicitly specified.</p>
<p>The content type of an attribute can be text (<code>CDATA</code>),
(<code>ID</code>/<code>IDREF</code>/<code>IDREFS</code>), entity(ies)
(<code>ENTITY</code>/<code>ENTITIES</code>) or name(s)
(<code>NMTOKEN</code>/<code>NMTOKENS</code>). The following defines that a
<code>chapter</code> element can have an optional <code>id</code> attribute
of type <code>ID</code>, usable for reference from attribute of type
<p><code>&lt;!ATTLIST chapter id ID #IMPLIED&gt;</code></p>
<p>The last value of an attribute definition can be <code>#REQUIRED
</code>meaning that the attribute has to be given, <code>#IMPLIED</code>
meaning that it is optional, or the default value (possibly prefixed by
<code>#FIXED</code> if it is the only allowed).</p>
<li>Usually the attributes pertaining to a given element are declared in a
single expression, but it is just a convention adopted by a lot of DTD
<pre>&lt;!ATTLIST termdef
name CDATA #IMPLIED&gt;</pre>
<p>The previous construct defines both <code>id</code> and
<code>name</code> attributes for the element <code>termdef</code>.</p>
<h3><a name="Some1">Some examples</a></h3>
<p>The directory <code>test/valid/dtds/</code> in the libxml2 distribution
contains some complex DTD examples. The example in the file
<code>test/valid/dia.xml</code> shows an XML file where the simple DTD is
directly included within the document.</p>
<h3><a name="validate1">How to validate</a></h3>
<p>The simplest way is to use the xmllint program included with libxml. The
<code>--valid</code> option turns-on validation of the files given as input.
For example the following validates a copy of the first revision of the XML
1.0 specification:</p>
<p><code>xmllint --valid --noout test/valid/REC-xml-19980210.xml</code></p>
<p>the -- noout is used to disable output of the resulting tree.</p>
<p>The <code>--dtdvalid dtd</code> allows validation of the document(s)
against a given DTD.</p>
<p>Libxml2 exports an API to handle DTDs and validation, check the <a
<h3><a name="Other1">Other resources</a></h3>
<p>DTDs are as old as SGML. So there may be a number of examples on-line, I
will just list one for now, others pointers welcome:</p>
<li><a href="">XML-101 DTD</a></li>
<p>I suggest looking at the examples found under test/valid/dtd and any of
the large number of books available on XML. The dia example in test/valid
should be both simple and complete enough to allow you to build your own.</p>
<h2><a name="Memory">Memory Management</a></h2>
<p>Table of Content:</p>
<li><a href="#General3">General overview</a></li>
<li><a href="#setting">Setting libxml2 set of memory routines</a></li>
<li><a href="#cleanup">Cleaning up after parsing</a></li>
<li><a href="#Debugging">Debugging routines</a></li>
<li><a href="#General4">General memory requirements</a></li>
<h3><a name="General3">General overview</a></h3>
<p>The module <code><a
provides the interfaces to the libxml2 memory system:</p>
<li>libxml2 does not use the libc memory allocator directly but xmlFree(),
xmlMalloc() and xmlRealloc()</li>
<li>those routines can be reallocated to a specific set of routine, by
default the libc ones i.e. free(), malloc() and realloc()</li>
<li>the xmlmemory.c module includes a set of debugging routine</li>
<h3><a name="setting">Setting libxml2 set of memory routines</a></h3>
<p>It is sometimes useful to not use the default memory allocator, either for
debugging, analysis or to implement a specific behaviour on memory management
(like on embedded systems). Two function calls are available to do so:</p>
<li><a href="">xmlMemGet
()</a> which return the current set of functions in use by the parser</li>
which allow to set up a new set of memory allocation functions</li>
<p>Of course a call to xmlMemSetup() should probably be done before calling
any other libxml2 routines (unless you are sure your allocations routines are
<h3><a name="cleanup">Cleaning up after parsing</a></h3>
<p>Libxml2 is not stateless, there is a few set of memory structures needing
allocation before the parser is fully functional (some encoding structures
for example). This also mean that once parsing is finished there is a tiny
amount of memory (a few hundred bytes) which can be recollected if you don't
reuse the parser immediately:</p>
<li><a href="">xmlCleanupParser
()</a> is a centralized routine to free the parsing states. Note that it
won't deallocate any produced tree if any (use the xmlFreeDoc() and
related routines for this).</li>
<li><a href="">xmlInitParser
()</a> is the dual routine allowing to preallocate the parsing state
which can be useful for example to avoid initialization reentrancy
problems when using libxml2 in multithreaded applications</li>
<p>Generally xmlCleanupParser() is safe, if needed the state will be rebuild
at the next invocation of parser routines, but be careful of the consequences
in multithreaded applications.</p>
<h3><a name="Debugging">Debugging routines</a></h3>
<p>When configured using --with-mem-debug flag (off by default), libxml2 uses
a set of memory allocation debugging routines keeping track of all allocated
blocks and the location in the code where the routine was called. A couple of
other debugging routines allow to dump the memory allocated infos to a file
or call a specific routine when a given block number is allocated:</p>
and <a
are the memory debugging replacement allocation routines</li>
<li><a href="">xmlMemoryDump
()</a> dumps all the informations about the allocated memory block lefts
in the <code>.memdump</code> file</li>
<p>When developing libxml2 memory debug is enabled, the tests programs call
xmlMemoryDump () and the "make test" regression tests will check for any
memory leak during the full regression test sequence, this helps a lot
ensuring that libxml2 does not leak memory and bullet proof memory
allocations use (some libc implementations are known to be far too permissive
resulting in major portability problems!).</p>
<p>If the .memdump reports a leak, it displays the allocation function and
also tries to give some informations about the content and structure of the
allocated blocks left. This is sufficient in most cases to find the culprit,
but not always. Assuming the allocation problem is reproducible, it is
possible to find more easily:</p>
<li>write down the block number xxxx not allocated</li>
<li>export the environment variable XML_MEM_BREAKPOINT=xxxx , the easiest
when using GDB is to simply give the command
<p><code>set environment XML_MEM_BREAKPOINT xxxx</code></p>
<p>before running the program.</p>
<li>run the program under a debugger and set a breakpoint on
xmlMallocBreakpoint() a specific function called when this precise block
is allocated</li>
<li>when the breakpoint is reached you can then do a fine analysis of the
allocation an step to see the condition resulting in the missing
<p>I used to use a commercial tool to debug libxml2 memory problems but after
noticing that it was not detecting memory leaks that simple mechanism was
used and proved extremely efficient until now. Lately I have also used <a
href="">valgrind</a> with quite some
success, it is tied to the i386 architecture since it works by emulating the
processor and instruction set, it is slow but extremely efficient, i.e. it
spot memory usage errors in a very precise way.</p>
<h3><a name="General4">General memory requirements</a></h3>
<p>How much libxml2 memory require ? It's hard to tell in average it depends
of a number of things:</p>
<li>the parser itself should work in a fixed amount of memory, except for
information maintained about the stacks of names and entities locations.
The I/O and encoding handlers will probably account for a few KBytes.
This is true for both the XML and HTML parser (though the HTML parser
need more state).</li>
<li>If you are generating the DOM tree then memory requirements will grow
nearly linear with the size of the data. In general for a balanced
textual document the internal memory requirement is about 4 times the
size of the UTF8 serialization of this document (example the XML-1.0
recommendation is a bit more of 150KBytes and takes 650KBytes of main
memory when parsed). Validation will add a amount of memory required for
maintaining the external Dtd state which should be linear with the
complexity of the content model defined by the Dtd</li>
<li>If you need to work with fixed memory requirements or don't need the
full DOM tree then using the <a href="xmlreader.html">xmlReader
interface</a> is probably the best way to proceed, it still allows to
validate or operate on subset of the tree if needed.</li>
<li>If you don't care about the advanced features of libxml2 like
validation, DOM, XPath or XPointer, don't use entities, need to work with
fixed memory requirements, and try to get the fastest parsing possible
then the SAX interface should be used, but it has known restrictions.</li>
<h2><a name="Encodings">Encodings support</a></h2>
<p>Table of Content:</p>
<li><a href="encoding.html#What">What does internationalization support
mean ?</a></li>
<li><a href="encoding.html#internal">The internal encoding, how and
<li><a href="encoding.html#implemente">How is it implemented ?</a></li>
<li><a href="encoding.html#Default">Default supported encodings</a></li>
<li><a href="encoding.html#extend">How to extend the existing
<h3><a name="What">What does internationalization support mean ?</a></h3>
<p>If you are not really familiar with Internationalization (usual shortcut
is I18N) , Unicode, characters and glyphs, I suggest you read a <a
by Tim Bray on Unicode and why you should care about it.</p>
<p>XML was designed from the start to allow the support of any character set
by using Unicode. Any conformant XML parser has to support the UTF-8 and
UTF-16 default encodings which can both express the full unicode ranges. UTF8
is a variable length encoding whose greatest points are to reuse the same
encoding for ASCII and to save space for Western encodings, but it is a bit
more complex to handle in practice. UTF-16 use 2 bytes per character (and
sometimes combines two pairs), it makes implementation easier, but looks a
bit overkill for Western languages encoding. Moreover the XML specification
allows the document to be encoded in other encodings at the condition that
they are clearly labeled as such. For example the following is a wellformed
XML document encoded in ISO-8859-1 and using accentuated letters that we
French like for both markup and content:</p>
<pre>&lt;?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?&gt;
<p>Having internationalization support in libxml2 means the following:</p>
<li>the document is properly parsed</li>
<li>informations about it's encoding are saved</li>
<li>it can be modified</li>
<li>it can be saved in its original encoding</li>
<li>it can also be saved in another encoding supported by libxml2 (for
example straight UTF8 or even an ASCII form)</li>
<p>Another very important point is that the whole libxml2 API, with the
exception of a few routines to read with a specific encoding or save to a
specific encoding, is completely agnostic about the original encoding of the
<p>It should be noted too that the HTML parser embedded in libxml2 now obey
the same rules too, the following document will be (as of 2.2.2) handled in
an internationalized fashion by libxml2 too:</p>
<pre>&lt;!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"
&lt;html lang="fr"&gt;
&lt;META HTTP-EQUIV="Content-Type" CONTENT="text/html; charset=ISO-8859-1"&gt;
&lt;p&gt;W3C crée des standards pour le Web.&lt;/body&gt;
<h3><a name="internal">The internal encoding, how and why</a></h3>
<p>One of the core decisions was to force all documents to be converted to a
default internal encoding, and that encoding to be UTF-8, here are the
rationales for those choices:</p>
<li>keeping the native encoding in the internal form would force the libxml
users (or the code associated) to be fully aware of the encoding of the
original document, for examples when adding a text node to a document,
the content would have to be provided in the document encoding, i.e. the
client code would have to check it before hand, make sure it's conformant
to the encoding, etc ... Very hard in practice, though in some specific
cases this may make sense.</li>
<li>the second decision was which encoding. From the XML spec only UTF8 and
UTF16 really makes sense as being the two only encodings for which there
is mandatory support. UCS-4 (32 bits fixed size encoding) could be
considered an intelligent choice too since it's a direct Unicode mapping
support. I selected UTF-8 on the basis of efficiency and compatibility
with surrounding software:
<li>UTF-8 while a bit more complex to convert from/to (i.e. slightly
more costly to import and export CPU wise) is also far more compact
than UTF-16 (and UCS-4) for a majority of the documents I see it used
for right now (RPM RDF catalogs, advogato data, various configuration
file formats, etc.) and the key point for today's computer
architecture is efficient uses of caches. If one nearly double the
memory requirement to store the same amount of data, this will trash
caches (main memory/external caches/internal caches) and my take is
that this harms the system far more than the CPU requirements needed
for the conversion to UTF-8</li>
<li>Most of libxml2 version 1 users were using it with straight ASCII
most of the time, doing the conversion with an internal encoding
requiring all their code to be rewritten was a serious show-stopper
for using UTF-16 or UCS-4.</li>
<li>UTF-8 is being used as the de-facto internal encoding standard for
related code like the <a href="">pango</a>
upcoming Gnome text widget, and a lot of Unix code (yet another place
where Unix programmer base takes a different approach from Microsoft
- they are using UTF-16)</li>
<p>What does this mean in practice for the libxml2 user:</p>
<li>xmlChar, the libxml2 data type is a byte, those bytes must be assembled
as UTF-8 valid strings. The proper way to terminate an xmlChar * string
is simply to append 0 byte, as usual.</li>
<li>One just need to make sure that when using chars outside the ASCII set,
the values has been properly converted to UTF-8</li>
<h3><a name="implemente">How is it implemented ?</a></h3>
<p>Let's describe how all this works within libxml, basically the I18N
(internationalization) support get triggered only during I/O operation, i.e.
when reading a document or saving one. Let's look first at the reading
<li>when a document is processed, we usually don't know the encoding, a
simple heuristic allows to detect UTF-16 and UCS-4 from encodings where
the ASCII range (0-0x7F) maps with ASCII</li>
<li>the xml declaration if available is parsed, including the encoding
declaration. At that point, if the autodetected encoding is different
from the one declared a call to xmlSwitchEncoding() is issued.</li>
<li>If there is no encoding declaration, then the input has to be in either
UTF-8 or UTF-16, if it is not then at some point when processing the
input, the converter/checker of UTF-8 form will raise an encoding error.
You may end-up with a garbled document, or no document at all ! Example:
<pre>~/XML -&gt; ./xmllint err.xml
err.xml:1: error: Input is not proper UTF-8, indicate encoding !
err.xml:1: error: Bytes: 0xE8 0x73 0x3E 0x6C
<li>xmlSwitchEncoding() does an encoding name lookup, canonicalize it, and
then search the default registered encoding converters for that encoding.
If it's not within the default set and iconv() support has been compiled
it, it will ask iconv for such an encoder. If this fails then the parser
will report an error and stops processing:
<pre>~/XML -&gt; ./xmllint err2.xml
err2.xml:1: error: Unsupported encoding UnsupportedEnc
&lt;?xml version="1.0" encoding="UnsupportedEnc"?&gt;
<li>From that point the encoder processes progressively the input (it is
plugged as a front-end to the I/O module) for that entity. It captures
and converts on-the-fly the document to be parsed to UTF-8. The parser
itself just does UTF-8 checking of this input and process it
transparently. The only difference is that the encoding information has
been added to the parsing context (more precisely to the input
corresponding to this entity).</li>
<li>The result (when using DOM) is an internal form completely in UTF-8
with just an encoding information on the document node.</li>
<p>Ok then what happens when saving the document (assuming you
collected/built an xmlDoc DOM like structure) ? It depends on the function
called, xmlSaveFile() will just try to save in the original encoding, while
xmlSaveFileTo() and xmlSaveFileEnc() can optionally save to a given
<li>if no encoding is given, libxml2 will look for an encoding value
associated to the document and if it exists will try to save to that
<p>otherwise everything is written in the internal form, i.e. UTF-8</p>
<li>so if an encoding was specified, either at the API level or on the
document, libxml2 will again canonicalize the encoding name, lookup for a
converter in the registered set or through iconv. If not found the
function will return an error code</li>
<li>the converter is placed before the I/O buffer layer, as another kind of
buffer, then libxml2 will simply push the UTF-8 serialization to through
that buffer, which will then progressively be converted and pushed onto
the I/O layer.</li>
<li>It is possible that the converter code fails on some input, for example
trying to push an UTF-8 encoded Chinese character through the UTF-8 to
ISO-8859-1 converter won't work. Since the encoders are progressive they
will just report the error and the number of bytes converted, at that
point libxml2 will decode the offending character, remove it from the
buffer and replace it with the associated charRef encoding &amp;#123; and
resume the conversion. This guarantees that any document will be saved
without losses (except for markup names where this is not legal, this is
a problem in the current version, in practice avoid using non-ascii
characters for tag or attribute names). A special "ascii" encoding name
is used to save documents to a pure ascii form can be used when
portability is really crucial</li>
<p>Here are a few examples based on the same test document:</p>
<pre>~/XML -&gt; ./xmllint isolat1
&lt;?xml version="1.0" encoding="ISO-8859-1"?&gt;
~/XML -&gt; ./xmllint --encode UTF-8 isolat1
&lt;?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?&gt;
&lt;très&gt;là  &lt;/très&gt;
~/XML -&gt; </pre>
<p>The same processing is applied (and reuse most of the code) for HTML I18N
processing. Looking up and modifying the content encoding is a bit more
difficult since it is located in a &lt;meta&gt; tag under the &lt;head&gt;,
so a couple of functions htmlGetMetaEncoding() and htmlSetMetaEncoding() have
been provided. The parser also attempts to switch encoding on the fly when
detecting such a tag on input. Except for that the processing is the same
(and again reuses the same code).</p>
<h3><a name="Default">Default supported encodings</a></h3>
<p>libxml2 has a set of default converters for the following encodings
(located in encoding.c):</p>
<li>UTF-8 is supported by default (null handlers)</li>
<li>UTF-16, both little and big endian</li>
<li>ISO-Latin-1 (ISO-8859-1) covering most western languages</li>
<li>ASCII, useful mostly for saving</li>
<li>HTML, a specific handler for the conversion of UTF-8 to ASCII with HTML
predefined entities like &amp;copy; for the Copyright sign.</li>
<p>More over when compiled on an Unix platform with iconv support the full
set of encodings supported by iconv can be instantly be used by libxml. On a
linux machine with glibc-2.1 the list of supported encodings and aliases fill
3 full pages, and include UCS-4, the full set of ISO-Latin encodings, and the
various Japanese ones.</p>
<h4>Encoding aliases</h4>
<p>From 2.2.3, libxml2 has support to register encoding names aliases. The
goal is to be able to parse document whose encoding is supported but where
the name differs (for example from the default set of names accepted by
iconv). The following functions allow to register and handle new aliases for
existing encodings. Once registered libxml2 will automatically lookup the
aliases when handling a document:</p>
<li>int xmlAddEncodingAlias(const char *name, const char *alias);</li>
<li>int xmlDelEncodingAlias(const char *alias);</li>
<li>const char * xmlGetEncodingAlias(const char *alias);</li>
<li>void xmlCleanupEncodingAliases(void);</li>
<h3><a name="extend">How to extend the existing support</a></h3>
<p>Well adding support for new encoding, or overriding one of the encoders
(assuming it is buggy) should not be hard, just write input and output
conversion routines to/from UTF-8, and register them using
xmlNewCharEncodingHandler(name, xxxToUTF8, UTF8Toxxx), and they will be
called automatically if the parser(s) encounter such an encoding name
(register it uppercase, this will help). The description of the encoders,
their arguments and expected return values are described in the encoding.h
<p>A quick note on the topic of subverting the parser to use a different
internal encoding than UTF-8, in some case people will absolutely want to
keep the internal encoding different, I think it's still possible (but the
encoding must be compliant with ASCII on the same subrange) though I didn't
tried it. The key is to override the default conversion routines (by
registering null encoders/decoders for your charsets), and bypass the UTF-8
checking of the parser by setting the parser context charset
(ctxt-&gt;charset) to something different than XML_CHAR_ENCODING_UTF8, but
there is no guarantee that this will work. You may also have some troubles
saving back.</p>
<p>Basically proper I18N support is important, this requires at least
libxml-2.0.0, but a lot of features and corrections are really available only
starting 2.2.</p>
<h2><a name="IO">I/O Interfaces</a></h2>
<p>Table of Content:</p>
<li><a href="#General1">General overview</a></li>
<li><a href="#basic">The basic buffer type</a></li>
<li><a href="#Input">Input I/O handlers</a></li>
<li><a href="#Output">Output I/O handlers</a></li>
<li><a href="#entities">The entities loader</a></li>
<li><a href="#Example2">Example of customized I/O</a></li>
<h3><a name="General1">General overview</a></h3>
<p>The module <code><a
href="">xmlIO.h</a></code> provides
the interfaces to the libxml2 I/O system. This consists of 4 main parts:</p>
<li>Entities loader, this is a routine which tries to fetch the entities
(files) based on their PUBLIC and SYSTEM identifiers. The default loader
don't look at the public identifier since libxml2 do not maintain a
catalog. You can redefine you own entity loader by using
<code>xmlGetExternalEntityLoader()</code> and
<code>xmlSetExternalEntityLoader()</code>. <a href="#entities">Check the
<li>Input I/O buffers which are a commodity structure used by the parser(s)
input layer to handle fetching the informations to feed the parser. This
provides buffering and is also a placeholder where the encoding
converters to UTF8 are piggy-backed.</li>
<li>Output I/O buffers are similar to the Input ones and fulfill similar
task but when generating a serialization from a tree.</li>
<li>A mechanism to register sets of I/O callbacks and associate them with
specific naming schemes like the protocol part of the URIs.
<p>This affect the default I/O operations and allows to use specific I/O
handlers for certain names.</p>
<p>The general mechanism used when loading for
example in the HTML parser is the following:</p>
<li>The default entity loader calls <code>xmlNewInputFromFile()</code> with
the parsing context and the URI string.</li>
<li>the URI string is checked against the existing registered handlers
using their match() callback function, if the HTTP module was compiled
in, it is registered and its match() function will succeeds</li>
<li>the open() function of the handler is called and if successful will
return an I/O Input buffer</li>
<li>the parser will the start reading from this buffer and progressively
fetch information from the resource, calling the read() function of the
handler until the resource is exhausted</li>
<li>if an encoding change is detected it will be installed on the input
buffer, providing buffering and efficient use of the conversion
<li>once the parser has finished, the close() function of the handler is
called once and the Input buffer and associated resources are
<p>The user defined callbacks are checked first to allow overriding of the
default libxml2 I/O routines.</p>
<h3><a name="basic">The basic buffer type</a></h3>
<p>All the buffer manipulation handling is done using the
<code>xmlBuffer</code> type define in <code><a
href="">tree.h</a> </code>which is a
resizable memory buffer. The buffer allocation strategy can be selected to be
either best-fit or use an exponential doubling one (CPU vs. memory use
trade-off). The values are <code>XML_BUFFER_ALLOC_EXACT</code> and
<code>XML_BUFFER_ALLOC_DOUBLEIT</code>, and can be set individually or on a
system wide basis using <code>xmlBufferSetAllocationScheme()</code>. A number
of functions allows to manipulate buffers with names starting with the
<code>xmlBuffer...</code> prefix.</p>
<h3><a name="Input">Input I/O handlers</a></h3>
<p>An Input I/O handler is a simple structure
<code>xmlParserInputBuffer</code> containing a context associated to the
resource (file descriptor, or pointer to a protocol handler), the read() and
close() callbacks to use and an xmlBuffer. And extra xmlBuffer and a charset
encoding handler are also present to support charset conversion when
<h3><a name="Output">Output I/O handlers</a></h3>
<p>An Output handler <code>xmlOutputBuffer</code> is completely similar to an
Input one except the callbacks are write() and close().</p>
<h3><a name="entities">The entities loader</a></h3>
<p>The entity loader resolves requests for new entities and create inputs for
the parser. Creating an input from a filename or an URI string is done
through the xmlNewInputFromFile() routine. The default entity loader do not
handle the PUBLIC identifier associated with an entity (if any). So it just
calls xmlNewInputFromFile() with the SYSTEM identifier (which is mandatory in
<p>If you want to hook up a catalog mechanism then you simply need to
override the default entity loader, here is an example:</p>
<pre>#include &lt;libxml/xmlIO.h&gt;
xmlExternalEntityLoader defaultLoader = NULL;
xmlMyExternalEntityLoader(const char *URL, const char *ID,
xmlParserCtxtPtr ctxt) {
xmlParserInputPtr ret;
const char *fileID = NULL;
/* lookup for the fileID depending on ID */
ret = xmlNewInputFromFile(ctxt, fileID);
if (ret != NULL)
if (defaultLoader != NULL)
ret = defaultLoader(URL, ID, ctxt);
int main(..) {
* Install our own entity loader
defaultLoader = xmlGetExternalEntityLoader();
<h3><a name="Example2">Example of customized I/O</a></h3>
<p>This example come from <a href="">a
real use case</a>, xmlDocDump() closes the FILE * passed by the application
and this was a problem. The <a
href="">solution</a> was to redefine a
new output handler with the closing call deactivated:</p>
<li>First define a new I/O output allocator where the output don't close
the file:
xmlOutputBufferCreateOwn(FILE *file, xmlCharEncodingHandlerPtr encoder) {
    xmlOutputBufferPtr ret;
    if (xmlOutputCallbackInitialized == 0)
    if (file == NULL) return(NULL);
    ret = xmlAllocOutputBuffer(encoder);
    if (ret != NULL) {
        ret-&gt;context = file;
        ret-&gt;writecallback = xmlFileWrite;
        ret-&gt;closecallback = NULL; /* No close callback */
} </pre>
<li>And then use it to save the document:
<pre>FILE *f;
xmlOutputBufferPtr output;
xmlDocPtr doc;
int res;
f = ...
doc = ....
output = xmlOutputBufferCreateOwn(f, NULL);
res = xmlSaveFileTo(output, doc, NULL);
<h2><a name="Catalog">Catalog support</a></h2>
<p>Table of Content:</p>
<li><a href="General2">General overview</a></li>
<li><a href="#definition">The definition</a></li>
<li><a href="#Simple">Using catalogs</a></li>
<li><a href="#Some">Some examples</a></li>
<li><a href="#reference">How to tune catalog usage</a></li>
<li><a href="#validate">How to debug catalog processing</a></li>
<li><a href="#Declaring">How to create and maintain catalogs</a></li>
<li><a href="#implemento">The implementor corner quick review of the
<li><a href="#Other">Other resources</a></li>
<h3><a name="General2">General overview</a></h3>
<p>What is a catalog? Basically it's a lookup mechanism used when an entity
(a file or a remote resource) references another entity. The catalog lookup
is inserted between the moment the reference is recognized by the software
(XML parser, stylesheet processing, or even images referenced for inclusion
in a rendering) and the time where loading that resource is actually
<p>It is basically used for 3 things:</p>
<li>mapping from "logical" names, the public identifiers and a more
concrete name usable for download (and URI). For example it can associate
the logical name
<p>"-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1.2//EN"</p>
<p>of the DocBook 4.1.2 XML DTD with the actual URL where it can be
<li>remapping from a given URL to another one, like an HTTP indirection
saying that
<p>should really be looked at</p>
<li>providing a local cache mechanism allowing to load the entities
associated to public identifiers or remote resources, this is a really
important feature for any significant deployment of XML or SGML since it
allows to avoid the aleas and delays associated to fetching remote
<h3><a name="definition">The definitions</a></h3>
<p>Libxml, as of 2.4.3 implements 2 kind of catalogs:</p>
<li>the older SGML catalogs, the official spec is SGML Open Technical
Resolution TR9401:1997, but is better understood by reading <a
href="">the SP Catalog page</a> from
James Clark. This is relatively old and not the preferred mode of
operation of libxml.</li>
<li><a href="">XML
Catalogs</a> is far more flexible, more recent, uses an XML syntax and
should scale quite better. This is the default option of libxml.</li>
<h3><a name="Simple">Using catalog</a></h3>
<p>In a normal environment libxml2 will by default check the presence of a
catalog in /etc/xml/catalog, and assuming it has been correctly populated,
the processing is completely transparent to the document user. To take a
concrete example, suppose you are authoring a DocBook document, this one
starts with the following DOCTYPE definition:</p>
<pre>&lt;?xml version='1.0'?&gt;
&lt;!DOCTYPE book PUBLIC "-//Norman Walsh//DTD DocBk XML V3.1.4//EN"
<p>When validating the document with libxml, the catalog will be
automatically consulted to lookup the public identifier "-//Norman Walsh//DTD
DocBk XML V3.1.4//EN" and the system identifier
"", and if these entities have
been installed on your system and the catalogs actually point to them, libxml
will fetch them from the local disk.</p>
<p style="font-size: 10pt"><strong>Note</strong>: Really don't use this
DOCTYPE example it's a really old version, but is fine as an example.</p>
<p>Libxml2 will check the catalog each time that it is requested to load an
entity, this includes DTD, external parsed entities, stylesheets, etc ... If
your system is correctly configured all the authoring phase and processing
should use only local files, even if your document stays portable because it
uses the canonical public and system ID, referencing the remote document.</p>
<h3><a name="Some">Some examples:</a></h3>
<p>Here is a couple of fragments from XML Catalogs used in libxml2 early
regression tests in <code>test/catalogs</code> :</p>
<pre>&lt;?xml version="1.0"?&gt;
&lt;!DOCTYPE catalog PUBLIC
"-//OASIS//DTD Entity Resolution XML Catalog V1.0//EN"
&lt;catalog xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:entity:xmlns:xml:catalog"&gt;
&lt;public publicId="-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1.2//EN"
<p>This is the beginning of a catalog for DocBook 4.1.2, XML Catalogs are
written in XML, there is a specific namespace for catalog elements
"urn:oasis:names:tc:entity:xmlns:xml:catalog". The first entry in this
catalog is a <code>public</code> mapping it allows to associate a Public
Identifier with an URI.</p>
&lt;rewriteSystem systemIdStartString=""
<p>A <code>rewriteSystem</code> is a very powerful instruction, it says that
any URI starting with a given prefix should be looked at another URI
constructed by replacing the prefix with an new one. In effect this acts like
a cache system for a full area of the Web. In practice it is extremely useful
with a file prefix if you have installed a copy of those resources on your
local system.</p>
&lt;delegatePublic publicIdStartString="-//OASIS//DTD XML Catalog //"
&lt;delegatePublic publicIdStartString="-//OASIS//ENTITIES DocBook XML"
&lt;delegatePublic publicIdStartString="-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML"
&lt;delegateSystem systemIdStartString=""
&lt;delegateURI uriStartString=""
<p>Delegation is the core features which allows to build a tree of catalogs,
easier to maintain than a single catalog, based on Public Identifier, System
Identifier or URI prefixes it instructs the catalog software to look up
entries in another resource. This feature allow to build hierarchies of
catalogs, the set of entries presented should be sufficient to redirect the
resolution of all DocBook references to the specific catalog in
<code>/usr/share/xml/docbook.xml</code> this one in turn could delegate all
references for DocBook 4.2.1 to a specific catalog installed at the same time
as the DocBook resources on the local machine.</p>
<h3><a name="reference">How to tune catalog usage:</a></h3>
<p>The user can change the default catalog behaviour by redirecting queries
to its own set of catalogs, this can be done by setting the
<code>XML_CATALOG_FILES</code> environment variable to a list of catalogs, an
empty one should deactivate loading the default <code>/etc/xml/catalog</code>
default catalog</p>
<h3><a name="validate">How to debug catalog processing:</a></h3>
<p>Setting up the <code>XML_DEBUG_CATALOG</code> environment variable will
make libxml2 output debugging informations for each catalog operations, for
<pre>orchis:~/XML -&gt; xmllint --memory --noout test/ent2
warning: failed to load external entity "title.xml"
orchis:~/XML -&gt; export XML_DEBUG_CATALOG=
orchis:~/XML -&gt; xmllint --memory --noout test/ent2
Failed to parse catalog /etc/xml/catalog
Failed to parse catalog /etc/xml/catalog
warning: failed to load external entity "title.xml"
Catalogs cleanup
orchis:~/XML -&gt; </pre>
<p>The test/ent2 references an entity, running the parser from memory makes
the base URI unavailable and the the "title.xml" entity cannot be loaded.
Setting up the debug environment variable allows to detect that an attempt is
made to load the <code>/etc/xml/catalog</code> but since it's not present the
resolution fails.</p>
<p>But the most advanced way to debug XML catalog processing is to use the
<strong>xmlcatalog</strong> command shipped with libxml2, it allows to load
catalogs and make resolution queries to see what is going on. This is also
used for the regression tests:</p>
<pre>orchis:~/XML -&gt; ./xmlcatalog test/catalogs/docbook.xml \
"-//OASIS//DTD DocBook XML V4.1.2//EN"
orchis:~/XML -&gt; </pre>
<p>For debugging what is going on, adding one -v flags increase the verbosity
level to indicate the processing done (adding a second flag also indicate