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Using XPath to test if XML node exists

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Using ASP, I'm trying to access specific XML nodes with .SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME") and test if the tag exists. Accessing the nodes (when they exist) is no problem, but the test for existance has me stumped.
I tried:
set thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")
      If StrComp("thisNode.Text", "" )<> 0 Then
            Response.Write thisNode.Text
      End If
but it gives me an 'object required' error

Should I use getElementsByTagName() instead?

I'm sure this is not a very difficult question for you experts, but I'm stuck on this and a quick solution is very important, so I'm assigning more points.
Thanks
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by:davidlars99
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do not use "set" (and maybe """ around thisNode.Text)
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by:davidlars99
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and make sure you have

> Dim xmlDoc   As New XML.XMLDocument

before you do anything
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or
> Set xmlDoc=Server.CreateObject("microsoft.xmldom")
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by:davidlars99
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if none of these help try

> thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME").Text

that's all I could think of.. :)
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by:Ezog
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I have:
set xmlDocL = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDom")
xmlDoc.async = False
Set xmlDoc = objXMLHTTP.responseXML

If I use
thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME").Text

I still get the 'object reqiured' error
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by:Ezog
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when I tried:

set objElements = xmlDoc.getElementsByTagName("TAGNAME")
        If objElements.Item(0) Is Nothing Then
              thisNode = ""            
        Else
             thisNode = objElements.Item(0).nodeTypeString
        End If
Response.Write thisNode

I get 'element' as response instead of the string value
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by:davidlars99
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what line is that you getting error on..?
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by:davidlars99
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> set xmlDocL = CreateObject("Microsoft.XMLDom")
 what's  xmlDoc-"L " shouldn't it be  xmlDoc
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by:Ezog
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the "L" - just a typo,

I get the error on the Response.Write line
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I also tried:

set thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")
If len (thisNode.Text) >0 Then
       Response.Write thisNode.Text
End If

I get an error only when the tag does not exist.
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by:davidlars99
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try
> Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument")

and something very important

> Set xmlDoc = objXMLHTTP.responseXML
after this xmlDoc is not an object anymore...



I think that correct way would be following...


Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument")
xmlDoc.load(path_to_the_same_file_which_is_loaded_into_objXMLHTTP)

set thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")
If len (thisNode.Text) >0 Then
       Response.Write thisNode.Text
End If





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by:davidlars99
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when you try "thisNode.Text" it's looking for the object, but with "Set xmlDoc = objXMLHTTP.responseXML"    "xmlDoc"  would never be the object
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by:Ezog
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I inserted
    Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument")
and replaced
    Set xmlDoc = objXMLHTTP.responseXML
with
    xmlDoc.load("http://URL")
path_to_the_same_file_which_is_loaded_into_objXMLHTTP

but get:
Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a01a8'
Object required
/response.asp, line 49
which is:
    set thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")

Also, I only received an error if the tag is missing.  If the tag exists, I can enter its value into the form with the following:
     Set rootNode = xmlDoc.documentElement
     Set thisNode = rootNode.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")
      Response.Write thisNode.Text
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by:davidlars99
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how about


Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument")
xmlDoc.load(path_to_the_same_file_which_is_loaded_into_objXMLHTTP)
set xmlResponse=xmlDoc.responseXML  'also try without "set"

thisNode = xmlResponse.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")
If len (thisNode.Text) >0 Then
       Response.Write thisNode.Text
End If



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by:davidlars99
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ok, ignore my last post and try this first


Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument")
xmlDoc.load(path_to_the_same_file_which_is_loaded_into_objXMLHTTP)

thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")
If len (thisNode.Text) >0 Then
       Response.Write thisNode.Text
End If



is loading file XML or some other type..?
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by:Ezog
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I get with and without "set":
'Microsoft VBScript runtime error '800a01b6'
Object doesn't support this property or method: 'responseXML'
/response.asp, line 27
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by:davidlars99
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did you try one above your post..?
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by:Ezog
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I'm getting a feed with about 30 possible tags but only about half of them are returned at any given time.  I don't want to use stylesheets so I try to find the missing tags with conditionals...
maybe I'm going about it the wrong way
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by:Ezog
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hm, I don't understand that comment.  What do you mean with "above your post"?
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by:davidlars99
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I mean this one


Set xmlDoc = CreateObject("Msxml2.DOMDocument")
xmlDoc.load(path_to_the_same_file_which_is_loaded_into_objXMLHTTP)

thisNode = xmlDoc.documentElement.SelectSingleNode("//TAGNAME")
If len (thisNode.Text) >0 Then
       Response.Write thisNode.Text
End If
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by:Ezog
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I think I might have figured it out:
This one works with the old
    Set xmlDoc = objXMLHTTP.responseXML

set objElements = objXML.selectSingleNode("//ZONING")
        if objElements is nothing then
        Response.Write "(Not available)"
    else
        Response.Write objElements.Text
    end if
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so you got it working..?
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by:Ezog
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actualy, I rewrote the thing and used objXML instead of xmlDOC (just for reference or the code would not make sence!)
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by:Ezog
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I think it works... at least so far, but I would like to leave the treat open until I have done some more testing. Thank you so much for you help! I will award your points on closing.
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> Using XPath to test if XML node exists

Is there any reason for not using simply SelectSingleNode("count(//TAGNAME)") Xpath? It should return the count of TAGNAME nodes, 0 - if no such nodes exist...

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by:Ezog
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I tried the SelectSingleNode("count(//TAGNAME)") and got the following error:

    msxml3.dll error '80004005'
    Unknown method. -->count(//<--STATE)

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