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XML::DOM::Attr(3)     User Contributed Perl Documentation    XML::DOM::Attr(3)

NAME
       XML::DOM::Attr -	An XML attribute in XML::DOM

DESCRIPTION
       XML::DOM::Attr extends XML::DOM::Node.

       The Attr	nodes built by the XML::DOM::Parser always have	one child node
       which is	a Text node containing the expanded string value (i.e.
       EntityReferences	are always expanded.) EntityReferences may be added
       when modifying or creating a new	Document.

       The Attr	interface represents an	attribute in an	Element	object.
       Typically the allowable values for the attribute	are defined in a
       document	type definition.

       Attr objects inherit the	Node interface,	but since they are not
       actually	child nodes of the element they	describe, the DOM does not
       consider	them part of the document tree.	Thus, the Node attributes
       parentNode, previousSibling, and	nextSibling have a undef value for
       Attr objects. The DOM takes the view that attributes are	properties of
       elements	rather than having a separate identity from the	elements they
       are associated with; this should	make it	more efficient to implement
       such features as	default	attributes associated with all elements	of a
       given type. Furthermore,	Attr nodes may not be immediate	children of a
       DocumentFragment. However, they can be associated with Element nodes
       contained within	a DocumentFragment. In short, users and	implementors
       of the DOM need to be aware that	Attr nodes have	some things in common
       with other objects inheriting the Node interface, but they also are
       quite distinct.

       The attribute's effective value is determined as	follows: if this
       attribute has been explicitly assigned any value, that value is the
       attribute's effective value; otherwise, if there	is a declaration for
       this attribute, and that	declaration includes a default value, then
       that default value is the attribute's effective value; otherwise, the
       attribute does not exist	on this	element	in the structure model until
       it has been explicitly added. Note that the nodeValue attribute on the
       Attr instance can also be used to retrieve the string version of	the
       attribute's value(s).

       In XML, where the value of an attribute can contain entity references,
       the child nodes of the Attr node	provide	a representation in which
       entity references are not expanded. These child nodes may be either
       Text or EntityReference nodes. Because the attribute type may be
       unknown,	there are no tokenized attribute values.

   METHODS
       getValue
	   On retrieval, the value of the attribute is returned	as a string.
	   Character and general entity	references are replaced	with their
	   values.

       setValue	(str)
	   DOM Spec: On	setting, this creates a	Text node with the unparsed
	   contents of the string.

       getName
	   Returns the name of this attribute.

perl v5.32.0			  2000-01-31		     XML::DOM::Attr(3)

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