Is it possible to make to_xml use underscore instead of dash

Hi all,

I am getting ActiveRecord to produce XML with

  render :xml => @user.to_xml

However, on the client end it is a bit annoying for me to deal with
attributes like first-name. I would much rather have first_name.

Is there any way for me to turn off the behavior of converting _ to -?
This seems to be done by a call to dasherize inside the to_xml of
ActiveSupport::CoreExtensions::Array::Conversions, so I’m a bit out of
my depth…

Thanks,
Peter A.

On 7/31/06, Peter A. [email protected] wrote:

This seems to be done by a call to dasherize inside the to_xml of
ActiveSupport::CoreExtensions::Array::Conversions, so I’m a bit out of
my depth…

I just ran into that same issue, and no there isn’t an option to not
dasherize… I just subclassed the Conversions module for both hashes
and arrays and created a to_xml_nodash. All you have to do is get rid
of the calls to dasherize, but you need to do it for array and hash,
as hash calls array. I was just hacking on this tonight, following is
the code I put at the top of application.rb. Probably a better idea
to stick it in the lib directory and require it, but haven’t done that
yet since I was just hacking on it this evening.

module ActiveSupport #:nodoc:
module CoreExtensions #:nodoc:
module Hash #:nodoc:
module Conversions
def to_xml_nodash(options = {})
options[:indent] ||= 0
options.reverse_merge!({ :builder =>
Builder::XmlMarkup.new(:indent => options[:indent]), :root => “hash”
})
options[:builder].instruct! unless
options.delete(:skip_instruct)

      options[:builder].__send__(options[:root].to_s) do
        each do |key, value|
          case value
            when ::Hash
              value.to_xml_nodash(options.merge({ :root => key,

:skip_instruct => true }))
when ::Array
value.to_xml_nodash(options.merge({ :root => key,
:children => key.to_s.singularize, :skip_instruct => true}))
else
type_name = XML_TYPE_NAMES[value.class.to_s]

              options[:builder].tag!(key.to_s,
                XML_FORMATTING[type_name] ?

XML_FORMATTING[type_name].call(value) : value,
options[:skip_types] || value.nil? ||
type_name.nil? ? { } : { :type => type_name }
)
end
end
end
end
end
end
end
end
module ActiveSupport #:nodoc:
module CoreExtensions #:nodoc:
module Array #:nodoc:
module Conversions
def to_xml_nodash(options = {})
raise “Not all elements respond to to_xml” unless all? { |e|
e.respond_to? :to_xml_nodash }

      options[:root]     ||= all? { |e| e.is_a?(first.class) &&

first.class.to_s != “Hash” } ? first.class.to_s.underscore.pluralize :
“re
cords”
options[:children] ||= options[:root].singularize
options[:indent] ||= 2
options[:builder] ||= Builder::XmlMarkup.new(:indent =>
options[:indent])

      root     = options.delete(:root)
      children = options.delete(:children)

      options[:builder].instruct! unless 

options.delete(:skip_instruct)
options[:builder].tag!(root.to_s) { each { |e|
e.to_xml_nodash(options.merge({ :skip_instruct => true, :root =>
children })) } }
end
end
end
end
end

Thanks!

(By the way, my wife thinks your email address is great :slight_smile:

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