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Bug #51235 getElementsByTagName always return an empty list
Submitted: 2010-03-08 13:27 UTC Modified: 2013-02-18 00:34 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:2 of 2 (100.0%)
Same Version:2 (100.0%)
Same OS:1 (50.0%)
From: marsala dot marco at fastwebnet dot it Assigned:
Status: No Feedback Package: DOM XML related
PHP Version: 5.3.2 OS:
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
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 [2010-03-08 13:27 UTC] marsala dot marco at fastwebnet dot it
$document = new DOMDocument()->load(...);
$document->getElementsByTagName(<root element name>) works (returns list with one element).
getElementsByTagName(<non root element name>) always return an empty list. Examples on notes and on the web (some examples claimed to be working are prior the 5.3.2) are all  not working.

Tested on LAMP server PHP 5.2.8 AND on XAMPPLite WAMP PHP 5.3.1, both not working.

Test script:
$doc = new DOMDocument();
$faqs = $doc->getElementsByTagName("faq");
echo $faqs->length; // always 0

__xml/faq.xml is:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="iso-8859-1"?>


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 [2010-03-08 14:01 UTC]
-Status: Open +Status: Feedback
 [2010-03-08 14:01 UTC]
You sure no errors or warnings being thrown that aren't being shown? The example 
works fine for me using 5.3.2 and latests libxml2.
 [2010-10-26 19:48 UTC] shad dot cut dot this at shad dot net dot pl
Hello, in my script getElementsByTagName() return a empty list where a XML/HTML string used the char '-' int code 45. O zonk :/ 

before DOMDocument->loadHTML($html) I'm using a str_replace('-','__BAD_CHAR__',$html) and result I replace again to primary version.
 [2013-02-18 00:34 UTC] php-bugs at lists dot php dot net
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