Re: Get Data and Value of XML element in Java

"Steve W. Jackson" <>
Thu, 19 Oct 2006 10:55:35 -0500
In article <>, wrote:

I am new to Java. I need to rewrite a function which gets XML elements
text as shown below to get elements value instead:

private String getCharacterDataFromElement(Element e){
  Node child = e.getFirstChild();
  if(child instanceof CharacterData){
    CharacterData cd = (Character) child;
    return cd.getData();
return "?";


<xml value="NEED TO GET THIS VALUE"></xml>


You should become familiar with the API Javadocs, as you'll find a great
part of what you want to know in there. For this question, start with

Assuming that the parameter "e" is the element in your (incorrect)
examples named "xml", you can get the value of the attribute named
"value" using:

String value = e.getAttribute("value");

If the attribute doesn't exist or is an empty string, you'll get an
empty string in return.

To get the value of the text node, you could try this:

if (e.getFirstChild().getNodeType() == Node.TEXT_NODE) {
    String nodevalue = e.getFirstChild().getNodeValue();

= Steve =
Steve W. Jackson
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