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Request #41326 Writing empty tags with Xmlwriter::WriteElement[ns]
Submitted: 2007-05-08 15:31 UTC Modified: 2007-05-14 09:26 UTC
From: php-bugs-0705 at nico dot edtinger dot at Assigned: pajoye
Status: Closed Package: Feature/Change Request
PHP Version: 5CVS-2007-05-08 (snap) OS: irrelevant
Private report: No CVE-ID:
 [2007-05-08 15:31 UTC] php-bugs-0705 at nico dot edtinger dot at
Currently Xmlwriter::WriteElement() and Xmlwriter::WriteElementNS() require the forth argument $content and are therefor not able to output empty tags. Someone has to use XmlWriter::startElement(); and XmlWriter::endElement(); to output an empty tag. That's a bit cumbersome.

It would be nice if $content could be made optional or set to null to output an empty tag. I know it's the documented behavior, that it always write a a full element tag and libxml2 does have the same behavior. Nevertheless it would be a nice addition to be able to write less code for a short tag.

Reproduce code:
$xml = new XmlWriter();
$xml->writeElement('foo', null);
echo $xml->outputMemory();

Expected result:
<?xml version="1.0"?>

Actual result:
<?xml version="1.0"?>


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 [2007-05-08 21:42 UTC]
This bug has been fixed in CVS.

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 [2007-05-14 09:26 UTC]
Little notice about the final fix, there is now three cases:

$xml->writeElement('foo', '');

$xml->writeElement('foo', null);


Doing it this way preserves BC while allowing the short form.
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