Get the data from an XML file

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30 Apr, 2010 11:51 PM

Hi, first thanks for writing this slick plugin, i'm trying to fit it into my projet...

I would like to know if there were a simple way to fecth the data from an XML file.

So idealy, i'm trying to pull this data :

var data = {items: [
{value: "21", name: "Mick Jagger"},
{value: "43", name: "Johnny Storm"},
{value: "46", name: "Richard Hatch"},

... from this file :

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
    <marker value="21" name="Mick Jagger" />
    <marker value="43" name="Johnny Storm" />
    <marker value="46" name="Richard Hatch" />

This is what i get so far, but i'm stuck there...

$(document).ready(function() {


            type: "GET",
            url: "markers.xml",
            dataType: "xml",
            success: parseXml

        function parseXml(xml)

            // where parsing should go

            var data = $(xml).find("marker").each(function(){ });

            $("input[type=text]").autoSuggest(data.items, {

                selectedItemProp: "name",
                searchObjProps: "name",
                asHtmlID: "nombres",
                selectionLimit: 1,
                selectionAdded: function(){ showStreet(); },
                selectionRemoved: function(elem){ elem.fadeTo("fast", 0, function(){ elem.remove(); }); cleanMap();}


Thanks for the help...


  1. 1 Posted by Michael Lykke on 19 Sep, 2010 04:56 PM

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    I'm trying to do the same (sort of), except I'm parsing the xml with php and I'm also having some trouble getting it all to work. Did you ever get any further with this? What were your problems?

    My problem is that no matter what I type in the input box, I get "No results"... My php script returns this when searching for 'jer':

    [{"value":162,"name":"Råbjerg Kirke"},{"value":677,"name":"Katrinebjergskolen"},{"value":706,"name":"Lisbjerg Kirke"},{"value":1033,"name":"Skydebjerg Kirke"},{"value":1263,"name":"Aftenstjernen"},{"value":1295,"name":"Esbjerg Aktivitetshuset"},{"value":1736,"name":"Solbjerg Kirke"},{"value":1914,"name":"Baunebjergskolen"},{"value":1967,"name":"Fjerritslev Bibliotek"},{"value":2042,"name":"Kajerødskolen"}]

    Anyone see any problem with this json_encoded output?

    Best regards, Michael

  2. 2 Posted by Michael Lykke on 19 Sep, 2010 05:09 PM

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    By the way, I'm using this code to generate the json encoded output:

    function searchArray($sword,$frombeginning=false,$find=10)

    $results = array();
    $matches = 0;
        $pattern = "/^" . $sword . "/i";
        $pattern = "/" . $sword . "/i";
    foreach($_SESSION["venues"] as $key=>$value)
            $results['venue']['value'] = $key;
            $results['venue']['name'] = $value;
            $data[] = $results['venue'];
            if($matches == $find) break;
    return $data;



    $finds = searchArray($_GET["q"]);
    echo json_encode($finds);


    I'm thinking that maybe the problem is that the output is wrapped in a function...?

  3. 3 Posted by Maarten K on 05 Nov, 2010 02:25 PM

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    I'm totally new to JS but I have this working. :-)

    My xml looks like:

    <ArrayOfString xmlns:xsi="" xmlns:xsd=""> <string>frequent</string> <string>daadwerkelijk</string> <string>fout</string> </ArrayOfString>

    And the script i've made is:

    $(document).ready(function() {

            if (window.XMLHttpRequest)
                xmlhttp=new XMLHttpRequest();
                xmlhttp=new ActiveXObject("Microsoft.XMLHTTP");
            var data = {items:[]};
            for (var i = 0; i < xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName("string").length; i++) 
                data.items.push({ value: xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName("string")[i].childNodes[0].nodeValue, name: xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName("string")[i].childNodes[0].nodeValue });
            $("input[type=text]").autoSuggest(data.items, {selectedItemProp: "name", searchObjProps: "name"});


    I use this in an asp.NET application and works great.

    Hope it helps you.

    Best regards,

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