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Using XOM


XOM trees can be used to represent an XML document's structure. It may be convenient to:

  • pass XOM representations of an XML document as inputs to XML Compare's comparison pipeline, and

  • get a XOM document as the result of a comparison.

This sample illustrates how XOM documents can be both passed as input and produced as output from a comparison pipeline.  Resources are available on Bitbucket, see below for details.

Note, XOM libraries are not shipped with the XML Compare product, therefore the user needs to supply a XOM library, which can be obtained from

Outline of the Approach

Essentially the approach is to:

  1. Prepare a Saxon processor

  2. Prepare a comparator pipeline (which uses the Saxon processor)

  3. Convert the input XOM documents into Saxon XdmNode trees (using the Saxon processor);

  4. Perform the comparison;

  5. Convert the result into a XOM document.

Preparing a Saxon processor

We construct a new Saxon processor as follows, ensuring that we use a PE capable processor as this is required for Saxon's XOM support.

Processor proc= new Processor(true);
Configuration config= proc.getUnderlyingConfiguration();

Preparing a XML Compare comparator

We create a pipelined comparator that uses the existing Saxon processor as follows:

PipelinedComparatorS9 pc= new PipelinedComparatorS9(proc);

Converting a XOM document into a Saxon XdmNode tree

We make use of a Saxon processor to convert a XOM document (doc) from location (loc) into Saxon XdmNode tree as follows:

DocumentWrapper wrap= new DocumentWrapper(doc, loc, config);
XdmNode xdmNode1= proc.newDocumentBuilder().build(wrap);

Comparing the XdmNode trees

We perform the XML comparison as follows.

XdmNode result=, xdmNode2);

Convert the resulting XdmNode into a XOM document

We create a XOM document from the resulting Saxon XdmNode as follows:

XOMDestination dest= new XOMDestination();
proc.writeXdmValue(result, dest);
XOMWriter writer= (XOMWriter)dest.getReceiver(config);
Document output= writer.getDocument();

Running the sample

The sample resources and a description on how to run it can be found at: 

The resources should be checked-out, cloned or downloaded and unzipped into the samples directory of the XML Compare release. They should be located such that they are two levels below the top level release directory, for example DeltaXML-XML-Compare-10_0_0_j/samples/usingXOM.

Further Details

See the commentary in the and source file.

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