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S lakum

Joined: Jun 14, 2002
Posts: 9
I just need to know how to move from node 'table-name' to node 'data-element', to node 'column-name'
My purpose here is to get the nodevalue of 'column-name' when i know the 'table-name' nodevalue(simply put- i need the column names of a table)
Help would be so appreciated!
Jayadev Pulaparty
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Joined: Mar 25, 2002
Posts: 662
Please look at the below psuedo code to get an idea as to how to achieve your object using the DOM API.
I'm assuming that you have the <table-name> Node with you. The following is something what you need to do -
Node nextSibling = tableName.getNextSibling();
// make sure that this is an element node
if(nextSibling.getNodeType == nextSibling.ELEMENT_NODE)
// get the child nodes using getChildNodes()
// loop on the list of child nodes
// make sure that they are element nodes
// make sure their name is "column-name"
Node columnNameTextNode = columnNameElementNode.getFirstChild();
String wantedColumnName = columnNameTextNode.getNodeValue();
Please look at the following link for more details on the DOM spec.
S lakum

Joined: Jun 14, 2002
Posts: 9
Hi Jayadev,
Thanks for ur help.
But I'm not able to work out the solution you've given. This is my DTD structure:
<!ELEMENT table-name (#PCDATA)>
<!ELEMENT data-element (column-name)+>
<!ELEMENT column-name (#PCDATA)>
when I'm comparing:
i get the first as 1 and other as 3rd, ie text and element. Have I defined the dtd wrong?
I agree. Here's the link:
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