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expat - XML Parser Toolkit

Version 1.1

Copyright (c) 1998, 1999 James Clark. Expat is subject to the Mozilla Public License Version 1.1. Alternatively you may use expat under the GNU General Public License instead. Please contact me if you wish to negotiate an alternative license.

Expat is an XML 1.0 parser written in C. It aims to be fully conforming. It is currently not a validating XML processor. The current production version of expat can be downloaded from ftp://ftp.jclark.com/pub/xml/expat.zip.

The directory xmltok contains a low-level library for tokenizing XML. The interface is documented in xmltok/xmltok.h.

The directory xmlparse contains an XML parser library which is built on top of the xmltok library. The interface is documented in xmlparse/xmlparse.h. The directory sample contains a simple example program using this interface; sample/build.bat is a batch file to build the example using Visual C++.

The directory xmlwf contains the xmlwf application, which uses the xmlparse library. The arguments to xmlwf are one or more files which are each to be checked for well-formedness. An option -d dir can be specified; for each well-formed input file the corresponding canonical XML will be written to dir/f, where f is the filename (without any path) of the input file. A -x option will cause references to external general entities to be processed. A -s option will make documents that are not standalone cause an error (a document is considered standalone if either it is intrinsically standalone because it has no external subset and no references to parameter entities in the internal subset or it is declared as standalone in the XML declaration).

The bin directory contains Win32 executables. The lib directory contains Win32 import libraries.

Answers to some frequently asked questions about expat can be found in the expat FAQ.

James Clark