[wp-hackers] Serializer for XML (was: Re: [automattic] False Marketing)

Geoffrey Sneddon foolistbar at googlemail.com
Mon Dec 15 22:29:45 GMT 2008

+ wp-hackers; - www-archive — time to throw this over to a more  
specific list.

Brief summary: this comes after discussing the short comings of the  
design of WXR's input/output in WP (and whether it can ever really  
cope with XML), and myself (implicitly) volunteering to write an XML  
serializer for PHP 4.

On 15 Dec 2008, at 12:06, Matt Mullenweg wrote:

> Geoffrey Sneddon wrote:
>> Is there any interest in moving over to a fully fledged XML  
>> serializer (which would at the very least mean any XML conformance  
>> bug would be in one place)?
> For output that sounds fine.

On the subject of an XML serializer, does anyone have much opinion on  
whether it should be streaming or whether it should have a whole tree  
(the latter is inevitably more complex, and brings up the question of  
how to interact with the tree, and I really don't want to implement  
DOM in PHP)? I'd argue for the sake of performance that it should be  
streaming, simply because trying to write any tree structure in PHP  
will be far too expensive. It would, however, be interesting to see  
whether using DOM internally on PHP 5 would be worthwhile in terms of  

Geoffrey Sneddon

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