XPath: selecting on namespaces

Discussion in 'XML' started by kj, Apr 12, 2004.

  1. kj

    kj Guest

    Suppose I have some XML document that contains tags of the form

    <... xmlns:foo="http://www.bar.org/foo">

    <... xmlns:foo="baz">

    <... xmlns:frobozz="http://www.bar.org/foo">

    What's the XPath expression to select the namespace nodes with
    prefix "foo"? And what's the XPath expression to select the
    namespace nodes with value "http://www.bar.org/foo"?

    I am using the Perl module XML::XPath. With it, I know how to
    select namespace nodes with value "baz" (using
    $xpath_obj->find('//namespace::baz')), but I get an error if I try
    to select namespace nodes with value "http://www.bar.org/foo" using
    $xpath_obj->find('//namespace::http://www.bar.org/foo'). I can
    see why the latter would be problematic, since at least the slashes
    in the namespace's value would collide with XPath syntax, but I
    don't know how to escape them. (Actually, the parser seems to
    choke on the colon after http before it gets to do so on the

    With a full implementation of the XML::XPath standard, I suppose
    I could try something like
    but when I do this I get the error "namespace-uri: Function not

    I have no clue how to use XML::XPath to select namespace nodes with
    prefix "foo".



    P.S. Is there a "standard" forum for XPath-related queries like
    this one?
    kj, Apr 12, 2004
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  2. //namespace::*[.='http://www.bar.org/foo']


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  3. kj

    kj Guest

    Thank you!

    kj, Apr 12, 2004
  4. kj


    Mar 27, 2010
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    XPATH in perl

    Hi ,

    I have to select namespace value.
    I am using Xpath in perl.

    <ns1:priceable xmlns:xsi="" xsi:type="ns1:TFuture">

    I have to extarct "ns1:TFuture" value from XML.

    I used xpath expression like below:
    $nodeset = $xp->find("$CODEBASE/Priceables/Priceable/Details/ns1:priceableSet/ns1:priceable/namespace::*['xsi']");

    but not getting any value??

    what is xpath expression for that.?

    sandhya, Mar 27, 2010
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