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=head1 NAME

XML::LibXML::Node - "virtual" Base Class DOM-Nodes


  use XML::LibXML::Node;

  $name = $node->getName();
  $content = $node->getData()
  $type = $node->getType();
  $childnode = $node->removeChild( $childnode )
  $oldnode = $node->replaceChild( $newNode, $oldNode )
  $childnode = $node->appendChild( $childnode )
  $newnode =$node->cloneNode( $deep )
  $parentnode = $node->getParentNode()
  $nextnode = $node->getNextSibling()
  $nextnode = $node->getPreviousSibling()
  $childnode = $node->getFirstChild()
  $childnode = $node->getLastChild()
  $dom = $node->getOwnerDocument()
  $node->setOwnerDocument( $dom );
  @nodes = $node->findnodes( $xpath_statement );
  @children = $node->getChildnodes();
  $xmlstring = $node->toString();


LibXML::Node defines functions that are common to all Node
Types. A LibXML::Node should never be created standalone, but
as an instance of a high level class such as LibXML::Element
or LibXML::Text. The class itself should provide only common

=head2 Methods

=over 4

=item B<getName>

Returns the node's name

=item B<getData>

If the node has any content (such as stored in a I<text
	node> ) it can get requested through this function.

=item B<getType>

Retrun the node's type. The possible types are described in
the libxml2 B<tree.h> documentation.

=item B<unbindNode>

Unbinds the Node from its siblings and Parent, but not from the
Document it belongs to. If the node is not inserted into the DOM afterwards it will be lost after the programm terminated.

=item B<removeChild>

This will unbind the Child Node from its parent I<$node> . The function returns the unbound node.
If I<oldNode> is not a child of the given Node the
function will fail.

=item B<replaceChild>

Replaces the I<$oldNode> with the I<$newNode> . The I<$oldNode> will be unbound from the Node

=item B<appendChild>

The function will add the I<$childnode> to the end of I<$node> 's children. The function should fail, if the new
childnode is allready a child of I<$node>

=item B<cloneNode>

B<cloneNode> creates a copy of I<$node> . Wether $deep
is set to 1 (true) the function will copy all childnodes as
well. If $deep is 0 only the current node will be copied.
By now the function is not aware about the CLASS that is
blessed to the node to copy, therefor all CLASS specific
functions will not be accesseble any more :-(

=item B<getParentNode>

Returns simply the Parent Node of the current node. If this function is called on the root element, the document
will be returned as a LibXML::Node element. So be carefull :-)

=item B<getNextSibling>

Returns the next sibling if any .

=item B<getPreviousSibling>

Analogous to B<getNextSibling> the function returns the previous
sibling if any.

=item B<getFirstChild>

If a node has childnodes this function will return the first
node in the childlist.

=item B<getLastChild>

If the I<$node> has childnodes this function returns the
last child node.

=item B<getOwnerDocument>

Through this function it is allway possible to access the
document the current node is bound to.

=item B<setOwnerDocument>

This function binds a node to another DOM. This method unbinds the node first, if it is allready bound to another document.

=item B<findnodes>

B<findnodes> performs the xpath statement on the current node and returns the result as an array.

=item B<getChildnodes>

B<getChildnodes> implements a more intuitive interface to the childnodes of the current node. It enables you to pass all children directly to a I<map> or I<grep> .

=item B<toString>

This is the equivalent to I<XML::LibXML::Document::toString> for
a single node. This means a node and all its childnodes will be dumped into the result string. There is no formating implemented yet, which may cause an unreadable output.


=head1 SEE ALSO

XML::LibXML, XML::LibXML::Element, XML::LibXML::Text, XML::LibXML::Comment

=head1 VERSION