q: i'd like to merge two docs ...

James Todd jwtodd at pacbell.net
Thu Dec 2 03:42:09 GMT 1999

hi -

    i could use a pointer or two, a recipe if you will, on how best to
    "modify and merge" two xml docs. the scenario:

        an inbound xml "fragment", a complete xml doc in it's own
        right, is amended (eg. one new attribute is added)

        the results of which is appended, as a child node, to a
        "hosting" xml tree

    i've got most of this working using the ProjectX [? Mr. Brownell ?]
    parser yet it fails during the appendChild() stating that the child

        "That node doesn't belong in this document"

    due to the fact, i believe, that it has a distinct OwnerDocument.

    my methodology to date is to create dom's for both the inbound
    "fragment" and the destination xml docs afterwhich i'd like to
    the fragment (hence going the dom route) and finally add the results

    to the destination doc via appendChild().

    i had hoped to bypass walking the tree in order to create an
    "document ownerless" copy with which to work with. is there
    a better/preferred means by which to accomplish this task?

    any/all comments and suggestions welcomed.

    thx much,

- james

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