SV: [jdom-interest] Building documents from XML fragments

Phil Weighill-Smith phil.weighill-smith at
Thu Jan 15 04:56:07 PST 2004

Commonly fragments have multiple "top-level" nodes, which may mean that
you also need to wrap them all in a "fake" container element to make the
document parsable (unless JDOM has a document fragment parser - which I
don't recall seeing and can't find).

Handling this is similar to what Per said, but you need detach all the
content from this "fake" root element and add it into the target
document and the required point(s).

Phil :n)

On Thu, 2004-01-15 at 12:39, Per Norrman wrote:

> Hi,
> For each fragment, build a valid XML string (with namespace
> declarations), parse it, detach the 
> single child of the root element and insert it in the target document.
> Or did I miss anything?
> /pmn
> -----Ursprungligt meddelande-----
> Från: jdom-interest-admin at
> [mailto:jdom-interest-admin at] För Ed Maher
> Skickat: den 15 januari 2004 11:49
> Till: jdom-interest at
> Ämne: [jdom-interest] Building documents from XML fragments
>         Hi,
>         I am wondering what is the suggested way of building an XML
>         document from fragments of XML.
>         The xml is returned from a remote server in response to an
>         XPath query - in particular there is
>         a problem because the server does not return the namespace
>         prefix declarations in the fragment,
>         which means the document builder throws an exception
>         Exception - org.jdom.JDOMException: Error on line 1: The
>         prefix "erm" for element "erm:loco" is not bound.
>         I would like to take the XML string and incorporate or merge
>         the fragment into an XML document
>         in memory, and/or create a new one from it.
>         I have access to the XML namespace bindings, but I cannot see
>         how I can tell JDom about these
>         without creating a skeleton document - and then I cannot see
>         how I can 'import' the remaining
>         fragment into the document.
>         Regards,
>         Ed.

Phil Weighill-Smith <phil.weighill-smith at>
Volantis Systems
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