What is tXML?

tXML stands for "tiny XML". It is a Java XML parsing and searching engine, designed for messaging and data exchange (btw, if you are looking for a text formatting engine, you are in the wrong place!). It is a development library (JAR file), not an end-user product.

tXML code is very small: JAR file is less than 6K. The design goal is to make XML interface simple. The cost paid is (i) standard conformance (tXML does not conform to any of existing Java XML APIs), and (ii) it does not implement XML it its full glory (or, rather, misery. It is my belief that XML as a language is unnecessarily heavy... - see XML Sucks!).

tXML runs on JVM version 1.1 and up (i.e. you can use it in browsers that support only Java 1.1). It can parse XML files (with some syntax restrictions, see below), and do selection queries on an XML tree using XPath syntax.

What part of XML syntax is NOT implemented in tXML? Well, here is the list (not exhaustive):

Also, tXML relaxes the "special" meaning of many symbols. In fact, only '<', '>', and '&' are special in tXML. As a result, tXML allows more freedom in tag naming, though use of this freedom is not recommended, because it would create something that only tXML can parse.

The tXML is useful for:


tXML is an open source project, distributed under the terms of LGPL (Lesser GNU Public License).

Bug reports and general comments are welcome: drop me a mail.

Regards, Mike