[R] Extract just some fields from XML

Gorjanc Gregor Gregor.Gorjanc at bfro.uni-lj.si
Sun May 8 18:29:25 CEST 2005


I am trying to get specific fields from an XML document and I am totally
puzzled. I hope someone can help me.

# download a XML file
tmp <- xmlTreeParse(URL, isURL = TRUE)
tmp <- xmlRoot(tmp)

Now I want to extract only node 'pubdate' and its children, but I don't
know how to do that unless I try to dig into the structure of the XML
file. The problem is that structure can differ and then hardcoded set
of list indices i.e. tmp[[i]][[j]]... doesn't help me.

I've read xmlEventParse but I don't understand handlers part up to the 
point that I could get anything usable from it. Here is something not
very usable ;)

  PubDate <- function(x, ...)
  xmlEventParse(URL, isURL = TRUE,
                addContext = FALSE)

Thanks in advance!

Lep pozdrav / With regards,
    Gregor Gorjanc

University of Ljubljana
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 you have no certainty until you try." Sophocles ~ 450 B.C.

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