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Parsing xml data into coldfusion forms value field gives strange result.

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ok I have a generated xml file :
 <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" ?>
- <mydoc>
  <firstname>john</firstname>
  <secondname>johnson</secondname>
  </mydoc>

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I am trying to read into a  flash form form to pre populate it.
when I have value field with the variable the code :

<cfformgroup type="accordion">            
             <Cfformgroup type="page" label="Stage 1 - Personal details">
          <cfinput name="fname" type="text" id="fname" size="12" maxlength="15"  label="first name" value="#mydoc1.MyDoc.firstname#">
              <cfinput name="sname" type="text" id="sname" size="12" maxlength="15"  label="surname" value="#mydoc1.mydoc.secondname#">  

I get the following result showing in the form box:
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<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>

<firstname>

                        john

                  </firstname>
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If i simply create a page with the variables output on it i get the right result i.e

<cfset
mydoc1=XMLParse("c:\domains\anyname.co.uk\db\myxmldoc.xml")>

<cfoutput>

#mydoc1.mydoc.firstname# is the first name <br>
#mydoc1.mydoc.secondname# is the second name

gives the output

 john is the first name
johnson is the second name

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Well I hope it makes sense to you because It is driving me mad!

regards
John

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in your bit of code, you were just referencing the node in the xml document, you have to specify what in that node you want to display...

give this a try...

<cfformgroup type="accordion">            
           <Cfformgroup type="page" label="Stage 1 - Personal details">
          <cfinput name="fname" type="text" id="fname" size="12" maxlength="15"  label="first name" value="#mydoc1.MyDoc.firstname.xmlText#">
            <cfinput name="sname" type="text" id="sname" size="12" maxlength="15"  label="surname" value="#mydoc1.mydoc.secondname.xmlText#">
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this...

<cfset mydoc1=XMLParse("c:\domains\anyname.co.uk\db\myxmldoc.xml")>

<cfoutput>
#mydoc1.mydoc.firstname# is the first name <br>
#mydoc1.mydoc.secondname# is the second name
</cfoutput>

should have produced something similar to this...

coldfusion.xml.XmlNodeList@10068d8 is the first name
coldfusion.xml.XmlNodeList@1e36faf is the second name

and that's because it's referencing the node itself...

with your XML

  <mydoc>
  <firstname>john</firstname>
  <secondname>johnson</secondname>
  </mydoc>

the values between <firstname>john</firstname>, in this case "john" is known as the "xmlText"
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