Convertor wanted: C struct to XML schema

Rick Jelliffe ricko at
Wed Jul 28 06:52:47 BST 1999

From: Trevor Croll <litebook at>

>There is no need for a C struct for an XML document, use a DOM tree
>by walking this tree the field details can be pulled into your app as
>need them.

Something that may be useful if you are going the C & DOM route is
the dom_interface.h  header file at

This file gives a C version of the  DOM level 1 API.
It is basically just a big struct of pointers to individual DOM
which you have to provide. It gives the design of the interface, but
not the implementation: you don't have to search through CORBA
and W3C documentation as much to get to first base.

 If you use this, it should make porting your program (e.g. if other
DOM implementations in C also use the API, to C++ DOMs,
or even across to Java) easier. Even if you do make a DTD to C struct
converter, you can still have a DOM interface to it, to allow very
generic operations such as navigation. Also, increasingly more
programmers will be familiar with the DOM interface and
concepts. You can figure out the efficiency tradeoffs in your
own context.

Rick Jelliffe

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