Hi all,

I was wondering how to store free-form data (from user) with REXML.

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require 'rexml/document'

class REXML::Element
  alias :orig_initialize :initialize
  def initialize( arg = UNDEFINED, parent=nil, context=nil )
    orig_initialize(arg, parent, context)
    yield self if block_given?
  end
end

include REXML
output = ""
doc = Document.new
doc.add(Element.new("test_output"){|root|
          root.add(Element.new("lt_literal"){|elt| elt.text = "<"})
          root.add(Element.new("lt_entity"){|elt| elt.text = "&lt;")})
          root.add(Element.new("amp_literal"){|elt| elt.text = "&"})})
doc.write(output, 2)
puts "Output: #{output}"

puts "--------------------------------------------------"
doc = Document.new(output)
doc.elements.each("test_output/*"){|elt| puts "text of #{elt.name}: #{elt.text}"}
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dede:~$ ruby tmp/try.rb
Output:
  <test_output>
    <lt_literal>&lt;</lt_literal>
    <lt_entity>&lt;</lt_entity>
    <amp_literal>&amp;</amp_literal>
  </test_output>
--------------------------------------------------
text of lt_literal: <
text of lt_entity: <
text of amp_literal: &



Notice that the text of lt_entity is different than what I inputted
(it should be "&lt;").

For this case, I could have encapsulate done: elt.text =
CData.new("&lt;"), however, in general, do I have to scan the user
input for cases like this (XML entities)? But that would mean my
program now also has to know about XML-specific knowledge, which I
think is what REXML should shield me from.

My main question is this: for any string, how do I store it using
REXML so that when read back, I get the same exact content?

Thanks,
YS.