Java XML and DOM utility classes

Chris Hubick chris at
Wed Aug 4 08:03:31 BST 1999

I have seen quite a few requests for various DOM and XML utilities in Java.
In the past I have needed and implemented many of the same functions people
are asking for.  The following classes might serve as a starting point or
save other people the trouble of doing the same thing.

I provide NO warranty with any of these, and they are free for anyone to
use/copy/modify, although I would appreciate being credited where possible.
Some of them have obvious limitations and fixes are appreciated.

DOM utilities:

These include implementation neutral utilities for writing a DOM tree to an
XML stream or string; cloning a DOM Node (even over
documents/implementations); child Element access by index or name/value (tag
name, attribute value, or both);  Node equality testing (even over

Build a DOM tree (using any implementation) using SAX events:

XML utilities:
Utils for escaping and unescaping XML references in strings; escaping quotes
in attribute values.

My general Java utilities page:

Chris Hubick
mailto:chris at

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