#serialization #xml

macro simple_xml_serialize_macro

A Rust XML serialization library

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Simple XML Serialization

This is a Rust crate for serialization of data to XML. XMLElements can either be built manually, or the simple_xml_serialize_macro crate can be used to generate From implementations for structs.

Example Usage

use simple_xml_serialize::XMLElement;

fn main() {
    // build up your XMLElement with individual calls ...
    let mut ele = XMLElement::new("person");
    ele.add_attr("age", 28); // accept any value that implements `ToString`.
    ele.set_text("John Doe");

    // ... or with the builder pattern
    let sub_ele = XMLElement::new("person")
        .attr("age", 4)
        .text("Jane Doe");

    ele.add_element(sub_ele); // `add_element` accepts values that implement `Into<XMLElement>`

    let expected = r#"<person age="28"><person age="4">Jane Doe</person>John Doe</person>"#;
    assert_eq!(expected, ele.to_string());
    println!("{}",  ele.to_string_pretty("\n", "\t")); // specify your preferred newline and indentation for pretty printing

    ele.set_text("John Doe > John Deere"); // illegal characters in text will be substituted e.g. > becomes &gt;
    let expected = r#"<person age="28"><person age="4">Jane Doe</person>John Doe &gt; John Deere</person>"#;
    assert_eq!(expected, ele.to_string());

    ele.set_text("<![CDATA[John Doe > John Deere]]>"); // illegal characters in CDATA tags are respected
    let expected = r#"<person age="28"><person age="4">Jane Doe</person><![CDATA[John Doe > John Deere]]></person>"#;
    assert_eq!(expected, ele.to_string());

Using simple_xml_serialize_macro

Using this proc_macro crate allows annotating structs with #[xml_element("...")] to generate From implementations of your struct to XMLElement. Individual fields are annotated with sxs_type_attr, sxs_type_text, sxs_type_element, and sxs_type_multi_element. Any fields not annotated are ignored.

use simple_xml_serialize::XMLElement;
use simple_xml_serialize_macro::xml_element;

struct MyPoint {
    // default for attrs is the name of the field
    lon: f32,

    // attrs can be renamed
    latitude: f32,

    active: bool,

    // nested XMLElements and collections of XMLElements can be renamed
    name: MyName,
    names: Vec<MyName>

struct MyName {
    val: String,

fn main() {
    let my_point = MyPoint {
        latitude: 43.38,
        lon: 60.11,
        active: true,
        name: MyName{val: "p0".to_string()},
        names: vec![MyName{val: "p1".to_string()},MyName{val: "p2".to_string()}]
    let my_point_xml = XMLElement::from(my_point); // can also take refs `&my_point`
    let expected = r#"<custom_name_here lon="60.11" lat="43.38" active="true"><Identifier>p0</Identifier><id>p1</id><id>p2</id></custom_name_here>"#;
    assert_eq!(expected, my_point_xml.to_string());

    let expected = r#"<custom_name_here lon="60.11" lat="43.38" active="true">
    assert_eq!(expected, my_point_xml.to_string_pretty("\n", "  ")); 


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