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       XML::LibXML::Text - XML::LibXML Class for Text Nodes


         use XML::LibXML;
         # Only methods specific to Text nodes are listed here,
         # see XML::LibXML::Node manpage for other methods

         $text = XML::LibXML::Text->new( $content );
         $nodedata = $text->data;
         $text->setData( $text_content );
         $text->substringData($offset, $length);
         $text->appendData( $somedata );
         $text->insertData($offset, $string);
         $text->deleteData($offset, $length);
         $text->deleteDataString($remstring, $all);
         $text->replaceData($offset, $length, $string);
         $text->replaceDataString($old, $new, $flag);
         $text->replaceDataRegEx( $search_cond, $replace_cond, $reflags );


       Unlike the DOM specification, XML::LibXML implements the text node as the base class of
       all character data node. Therefore there exists no CharacterData class. This allows one to
       apply methods of text nodes also to Comments and CDATA-sections.


       The class inherits from XML::LibXML::Node. The documentation for Inherited methods is not
       listed here.

       Many functions listed here are extensively documented in the DOM Level 3 specification
       ( <>). Please
       refer to the specification for extensive documentation.

             $text = XML::LibXML::Text->new( $content );

           The constructor of the class. It creates an unbound text node.

             $nodedata = $text->data;

           Although there exists the "nodeValue" attribute in the Node class, the DOM
           specification defines data as a separate attribute. "XML::LibXML" implements these two
           attributes not as different attributes, but as aliases, such as "libxml2" does.




           will have the same result and are not different entities.

             $text->setData( $text_content );

           This function sets or replaces text content to a node. The node has to be of the type
           "text", "cdata" or "comment".

             $text->substringData($offset, $length);

           Extracts a range of data from the node. (DOM Spec) This function takes the two
           parameters $offset and $length and returns the sub-string, if available.

           If the node contains no data or $offset refers to an non-existing string index, this
           function will return undef. If $length is out of range "substringData" will return the
           data starting at $offset instead of causing an error.

             $text->appendData( $somedata );

           Appends a string to the end of the existing data. If the current text node contains no
           data, this function has the same effect as "setData".

             $text->insertData($offset, $string);

           Inserts the parameter $string at the given $offset of the existing data of the node.
           This operation will not remove existing data, but change the order of the existing

           The $offset has to be a positive value. If $offset is out of range, "insertData" will
           have the same behaviour as "appendData".

       deleteData($offset, $length)
             $text->deleteData($offset, $length);

           This method removes a chunk from the existing node data at the given offset.  The
           $length parameter tells, how many characters should be removed from the string.

       deleteDataString($string, [$all])
             $text->deleteDataString($remstring, $all);

           This method removes a chunk from the existing node data. Since the DOM spec is quite
           unhandy if you already know "which" string to remove from a text node, this method
           allows more perlish code :)

           The functions takes two parameters: $string and optional the $all flag. If $all is not
           set, undef or 0, "deleteDataString" will remove only the first occurrence of $string.
           If $all is TRUE"deleteDataString" will remove all occurrences of $string from the node

       replaceData($offset, $length, $string)
             $text->replaceData($offset, $length, $string);

           The DOM style version to replace node data.

       replaceDataString($oldstring, $newstring, [$all])
             $text->replaceDataString($old, $new, $flag);

           The more programmer friendly version of replaceData() :)

           Instead of giving offsets and length one can specify the exact string ($oldstring) to
           be replaced. Additionally the $all flag allows one to replace all occurrences of

       replaceDataRegEx( $search_cond, $replace_cond, $reflags )
             $text->replaceDataRegEx( $search_cond, $replace_cond, $reflags );

           This method replaces the node's data by a "simple" regular expression. Optional, this
           function allows one to pass some flags that will be added as flag to the replace

           NOTE: This is a shortcut for

             my $datastr = $node->getData();
              $datastr =~ s/somecond/replacement/g; # 'g' is just an example for any flag
              $node->setData( $datastr );

           This function can make things easier to read for simple replacements. For more complex
           variants it is recommended to use the code snippet above.


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       2002-2006, Christian Glahn.

       2006-2009, Petr Pajas.