Aug 222011
 

The builtin Python modules to work with markup languages can be found on http://docs.python.org/library/markup.html. For XML these are mainly DOM (incl. minidom), SAX and ElementTree.

A comparison of minidom and ElementTree including good examples can be found on http://mike.hostetlerhome.com/present_files/pyxml.html.

Other than the default Python modules there is also a very Pythonic module called lxml which behaves similar as ElementTree and is based on Gnome’s libxml2.

MiniDom

ElementTree

SAX

lxml

More demanding XML applications including schemes and namespaces should probably use lxml XML toolkit, which is the Pythonic binding for the C libraries libxml2 and libxslt. The most Pythonic way of using it is to make use of lxml.objectify.

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