10 XML with jQuery Tutorial and Plugins

Sam Deering
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Today we are giving you a roundup of what we think the top jQuery parsing XML tutorials/plugins that you may find useful if you work with XML. Enjoy!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about XML and jQuery

What is the significance of XML in jQuery?

XML, or Extensible Markup Language, is a markup language that defines a set of rules for encoding documents in a format that is both human-readable and machine-readable. It is primarily used to transport and store data. In jQuery, XML can be used to store and transport data to be displayed on a web page. It is a flexible way to create information formats and share both the format and the data on the World Wide Web, intranets, and elsewhere.

How can I parse XML with jQuery?

jQuery provides a method called $.parseXML() which is used to parse an XML string into a document that can be manipulated using jQuery. Here is a simple example:

var xml = "<rss version='2.0'><channel><title>RSS Title</title></channel></rss>",
xmlDoc = $.parseXML( xml ),
$xml = $( xmlDoc ),
$title = $xml.find( "title" );

// Append "RSS Title" to #someElement
$( "#someElement" ).append( $title.text() );

// Change the title to "XML Title"
$title.text( "XML Title" );

// Append "XML Title" to #anotherElement
$( "#anotherElement" ).append( $title.text() );

How can I modify XML with jQuery?

Modifying XML with jQuery is similar to modifying the DOM. You can use the same methods like .find(), .text(), .append(), etc. Here is an example:

var xml = "<rss version='2.0'><channel><title>RSS Title</title></channel></rss>",
xmlDoc = $.parseXML( xml ),
$xml = $( xmlDoc ),
$title = $xml.find( "title" );

// Change the title to "XML Title"
$title.text( "XML Title" );

What are some good jQuery XML plugins?

There are several jQuery plugins that can help you work with XML. Some of them include:


1. jQuery XML Editor: This is a web-based XML editor that uses jQuery and jQuery UI.
2. jQuery XML to JSON Plugin: This plugin converts XML to JSON.
3. jQuery XML DOM Plugin: This plugin provides a simple way to manipulate XML using jQuery.

How can I use jQuery to make an AJAX request to fetch XML data?

You can use the $.ajax() method in jQuery to make an AJAX request to fetch XML data. Here is an example:

$.ajax({
url: "test.xml",
dataType: "xml",
success: function(data) {
// Do something with the XML data
}
});

How can I convert XML to JSON using jQuery?

You can use the xml2json plugin to convert XML to JSON. Here is an example:

var xml = "<rss version='2.0'><channel><title>RSS Title</title></channel></rss>";
var json = $.xml2json(xml);

How can I traverse an XML document using jQuery?

You can use the same methods to traverse an XML document as you would a HTML document. Some of these methods include .find(), .children(), .parent(), .next(), .prev(), etc.

How can I select elements in an XML document using jQuery?

You can use the $() function to select elements in an XML document. Here is an example:

var $xml = $(xmlDoc);
var $title = $xml.find("title");

How can I create an XML document using jQuery?

You can use the $.parseXML() method to create an XML document. Here is an example:

var xml = $.parseXML("<rss version='2.0'><channel><title>RSS Title</title></channel></rss>");

How can I handle errors when parsing XML with jQuery?

You can use the .fail() method to handle errors when parsing XML with jQuery. Here is an example:

$.ajax({
url: "test.xml",
dataType: "xml"
}).done(function(data) {
// Do something with the XML data
}).fail(function() {
alert("An error occurred while loading the XML file.");
});