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If my xml file structure is like this:
<file>
      <entry>
            <name>
            <count>
      </entry>
      <entry>
            <name>
            <count>
      </entry>
      ...
</file>

Then, the following xpath expression is to get the 'count' for the matched name with user inputted name.
Here's inputname is a variable which I 'll get input from the user. Right?

XPathExpression expr = xpath
      .compile("//file/entry[name='" + inputname + "']//count/text()");
      
But it is case-sensitive, i mean if the user input is "Car" and if the name is "car". It cannot match because it is case-sensitive.
So, what I would like to know is .. can I tell xpathexpression not to be case-sensitive.
Is there anyway?

Thanks!!
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you can make sure that input names is lower-case all the time, by lowercasing it prior to passing it to the XPath
you can lowercase name
in XPath 2 by using lower-case()
XPathExpression expr = xpath
      .compile("//file/entry[lower-case(name)='" + inputname + "']//count/text()");

in XPath 1 by using translate(), which is a bit clumsy
XPathExpression expr = xpath
      .compile("//file/entry[translate(name, 'AZERTYUIOPQSDFGHJKLMWXCVBN', 'azertyuiopqsdfghjklmwxcvbn')='" + inputname + "']//count/text()");

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