style sheets

Can style sheets be used to filter xml data to basically hide certain fields?
Example:
If I wanted to filter the following xml below to only have <fielda>?
<test>
  <fielda>abc</fielda>
  <fieldb>123</fieldb>
</test>
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Gertone (Geert Bormans)Information ArchitectCommented:
You can use an XSLT stylesheet to transform one XML into another XML.
And yes you can programm the stylesheet in a way that it keeps all the elements intact but filter out fieldb... or any other logic you would want.

XSLT stylesheets area very powerfull mechanism to manipulate XML trees
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for_yanCommented:
I think this gives several examples of how to remove some of the nodes from XML:
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/3717215/remove-xml-node-using-java-parser
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for_yanCommented:
this gives the code how to remove the element:

from

http://www.kodejava.org/examples/479.html

package org.kodejava.example.jdom;

import org.jdom.Document;
import org.jdom.JDOMException;
import org.jdom.output.XMLOutputter;
import org.jdom.output.Format;
import org.jdom.input.SAXBuilder;

import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;

public class JDOMRemoveElement {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SAXBuilder builder = new SAXBuilder();
        try {
            Document doc = builder.build(new File("userinfo.xml"));

            //
            // The lines below output the original userinfo.xml content
            //
            // <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
            // <rows>
            //   <row>
            //     <firstname>Alice</firstname>
            //     <lastname>Mallory</lastname>
            //     <address>Sunset Road</address>
            //   </row>
            // </rows>
            //            
            XMLOutputter out = new XMLOutputter(Format.getPrettyFormat());
            out.output(doc, System.out);

            //
            // Remove the address element from Alice information. First we
            // get the row element from the root element, and finally 
            // remove the address from the row. And the result will be:
            //
            // <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
            // <rows>
            //   <row>
            //     <firstname>Alice</firstname>
            //     <lastname>Mallory</lastname>
            //   </row>
            // </rows>
            //
            doc.getRootElement().getChild("row").removeChild("address");
            out.output(doc, System.out);
        } catch (JDOMException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (IOException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

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Gertone (Geert Bormans)Information ArchitectCommented:
Given that the question was "can stylesheets do this?" ...
here is an example of a stylesheet with two templates
one for general copy and continue processing (identity transform)
and one template that removes the fieldb

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
    version="1.0">
    <xsl:output indent="yes"/>
    <xsl:strip-space elements="*"/>
    
    <xsl:template match="node()">
        <xsl:copy>
            <xsl:copy-of select="@*"/>
            <xsl:apply-templates select="node()"/>
        </xsl:copy>
    </xsl:template>
    
    <xsl:template match="fieldb"/>
</xsl:stylesheet>

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Gertone (Geert Bormans)Information ArchitectCommented:
And here is one that removes all but the fielda element

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform"
    version="1.0">
    <xsl:output indent="yes"/>
    <xsl:strip-space elements="*"/>
    
    <xsl:template match="/">
           <xsl:copy-of select="//fielda"/>
    </xsl:template>

</xsl:stylesheet>

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Note that you can parameterize that so that you can pass in the name of the element you want to filter out

generally simple tasks like this could be done in java code directly. XML processing rapidly reaches a complexity that is best done in XSLT
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for_yanCommented:
I tested this code:

import org.jdom.Document;
import org.jdom.JDOMException;
import org.jdom.output.XMLOutputter;
import org.jdom.output.Format;
import org.jdom.input.SAXBuilder;


import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;

public class JDOMRemoveElement {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SAXBuilder builder = new SAXBuilder();
        try {
            org.jdom.Document doc = builder.build(new File("yourXML.xml"));


            XMLOutputter out = new XMLOutputter(Format.getPrettyFormat());
       //     out.output(doc, System.out);

            
            doc.getRootElement().getChild("test").removeChild("fieldb");
            out.output(doc, System.out);
        } catch (JDOMException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (IOException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

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Input:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<root>
<test>
  <fielda>abc</fielda>
  <fieldb>123</fieldb>
</test>
</root>

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Output:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<root>
  <test>
    <fielda>abc</fielda>
  </test>
</root>

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for_yanCommented:
This code takes input exactly as you posted it and removes filedb

import org.jdom.Document;
import org.jdom.JDOMException;
import org.jdom.output.XMLOutputter;
import org.jdom.output.Format;
import org.jdom.input.SAXBuilder;


import java.io.File;
import java.io.IOException;

public class JDOMRemoveElement {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SAXBuilder builder = new SAXBuilder();
        try {
            org.jdom.Document doc = builder.build(new File("yourXML.xml"));


            XMLOutputter out = new XMLOutputter(Format.getPrettyFormat());
           // out.output(doc, System.out);

            
            doc.getRootElement().removeChild("fieldb");
            out.output(doc, System.out);
        } catch (JDOMException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (IOException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

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Input:
<test>
  <fielda>abc</fielda>
  <fieldb>123</fieldb>
</test>

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Output:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<test>
  <fielda>abc</fielda>
</test>

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for_yanCommented:
and this code does the same thing as above but writes to the output file:

You need to download
http://www.jdom.org/dist/binary/jdom-1.1.3.zip

and then extract jar flile jdom-1.1.3.jar
and put it in the classpath


import org.jdom.Document;
import org.jdom.JDOMException;
import org.jdom.output.XMLOutputter;
import org.jdom.output.Format;
import org.jdom.input.SAXBuilder;


import java.io.File;
import java.io.FileOutputStream;
import java.io.IOException;

public class JDOMRemoveElement {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        SAXBuilder builder = new SAXBuilder();
        try {
            org.jdom.Document doc = builder.build(new File("yourXML.xml"));


            XMLOutputter out = new XMLOutputter(Format.getPrettyFormat());
         //   out.output(doc, System.out);

            
            doc.getRootElement().removeChild("fieldb");
            out.output(doc, new FileOutputStream("yourXML1.xml"));
        } catch (JDOMException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        } catch (IOException e) {
            e.printStackTrace();
        }
    }
}

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Input file:

<test>
  <fielda>abc</fielda>
  <fieldb>123</fieldb>
</test>

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Output file:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<test>
  <fielda>abc</fielda>
</test>

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