May 26, 2018

Lightweight XML Parser

Parsifal is minimal non-validating XML parser written in ANSI C. Parsifal implements the subset of SAX2 including namespace support.

Parsifal can be used for parsing XML based messages such as SOAP and RSS and for application specific data processing e.g. config files, data files etc. Parsifal can also be used for limited document-oriented processing and for parsing modular documents because it contains supports for internal and external general entities - it doesn’t support currently parameter entities or other DTD features. Parsifal can be used for processing large data files and streams too since its SAX based and consumes very little memory not to mention it is fast enough for most purposes ‘cos its written in C.

Using Parsifal in place of large XML processing libraries e.g. libxml, xerces or even in the place of small Expat which is considerably bigger and more complicated can be justified for limited memory environments and in applications requiring bundled parser. If you need higher level tools, for example library supporting DTD validation or dom/xpath processing, you should look for other libs of course.

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