findXInclude: Find the XInclude node associated with an XML node

View source: R/xincludes.R

findXIncludeR Documentation

Find the XInclude node associated with an XML node


This function is used to traverse the ancestors of an internal XML node to find the associated XInclude node that identifies it as being an XInclude'd node. Each top-level node that results from an include href=... in the libxml2 parser is sandwiched between nodes of class XMLXIncludeStartNode and XMLXIncludeStartNode. These are the sibling nodes.

Another approach to finding the origin of the XInclude for a given node is to search for an attribute xml:base. This only works if the document being XInclude'd is in a different directory than the base document. If this is the case, we can use an XPath query to find the node containing the attribute via "./ancestor::*[@xml:base]".


findXInclude(x, asNode = FALSE, recursive = FALSE)



the node whose XInclude "ancestor" is to be found


a logical value indicating whether to return the node itself or the attributes of the node which are typically the immediately interesting aspect of the node.


a logical value that controls whether the full path of the nested includes is returned or just the path in the immediate XInclude element.


Either NULL if there was no node of class XMLXIncludeStartNode found. Otherwise, if asNode is TRUE, that XMLXIncludeStartNode node is returned, or alternatively its attribute character vector.


Duncan Temple Lang


See Also

xmlParse and the xinclude parameter.


 f = system.file("exampleData", "functionTemplate.xml", package = "XML")

 cat(readLines(f), "\n")

 doc = xmlParse(f)

  # Get all the para nodes
  # We just want to look at the 2nd and 3rd which are repeats of the
  # first one.
 a = getNodeSet(doc, "//author")

 i = findXInclude(a[[1]], TRUE)
 top = getSibling(i)

   # Determine the top-level included nodes
 tmp = getSibling(i)
 nodes = list()
 while(!inherits(tmp, "XMLXIncludeEndNode")) {
   nodes = c(nodes, tmp)
   tmp = getSibling(tmp)

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