XML pretty printing in HTML

Warren Hedley w.hedley at auckland.ac.nz
Tue Jul 6 05:03:43 BST 1999

Hi everybody

I'm on the lookout for a tool that will allow me to pretty print
XML files in such a manner that they can be pasted into an HTML
page. For example, I would like to transform

<element1 name="foo">
  <element2 name="bar"

to (hope the line wrapping doesn't make this too confusing)

<pre style="font:12pt monospace">
&lt;<font color="#ff0000">element1</font> <font color="#00ff00">name</font>=&quot;<font

You get the idea. All attributes are coloured red, attribute values blue,
element names green, CDATA yellow, etc. (Yuck, that looks hideous).
Whitespace is preserved, so that "longName" is under "name" in element2.

Preferably, all of this without having to do a bunch of coding in XSL or
otherwise. Surely, someone must have already done this - it would be a
pretty simple PERL script given a well-formed file. I had a look on
xmlsoftware.com but couldn't find anything.

Thanks in advance

Warren Hedley
Department of Engineering Science
Auckland University
New Zealand

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