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You could also use XML::Rules instead of XML::Simple as it gives you more detailed control over what data structure gets generated.

Something like:

use XML::Rules; # at least 0.22 (for the stripspaces) # see http://www.perlmonks.org/?node_id=658971 my $parser = XML::Rules->new( rules => [ Text => 'content', Entry => 'as array', Report => 'pass', Other => sub {return delete($_[1]->{name}) => $_[1]}, ], stripspaces => 3, ); my $data = $parser->parse(\*DATA); use Data::Dumper; print Dumper($data); __DATA__ <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="no" ?> <Report address="Address" name="IM Report" productID="INTRFC-MGR01"> <Entry detail="4" name="e_im_dev_io_entry"> <Text>Device Handle: 2</Text> </Entry> <Entry detail="4" name="e_im_dev_io_entry"> <Text>Device Handle: 5</Text> </Entry> <Other detail="4" name="first"> <Text>Device Handle: 5</Text> </Other> <Other detail="4" name="second"> <Text>Device Handle: 5</Text> </Other> </Report>

It doesn't try to guess as XML::Simple does so it's more work though. (In not yet released 0.23 the rule for the Other tag will be just Other => 'by name',.)


In reply to Re^2: XML::Simple design decisions by Jenda
in thread XML::Simple by mirod

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