Serving XML: Flat file to XML
This article describes how to tranform flatfiles to XML with the
ServingXML pipeline language.
This article discusses pipelines where the input is a flat file and the output
Counting Positions in Bytes and Characters
Fixed Record Length Files
Flat files with no record delimiters, and the length of each type of
record is fixed. Since line delimited is the default, you need to
explicitly specifiy that the file has no record delimiters (with the
lineDelimited=false option). In addition, you must either
explicitly specify the length of each type of record (with the
recordLength attribute), or
provide enough information about the positions and widths
of the fields in the record so that ServingXML can calculate the length.
Flat files with record delimiters, but the length of each type of record
(including delimiters) is still fixed. In this case you have the option
of either reading the file as a line delimited file (the default), or as a
fixed record length file (by explicitly specifying the record length,
Note that it is not necessary that all records in the file have the same
length, only that all records of the same type have the same length.
Record Segments and Repeating Groups