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XMLReader::isValidIndicates if the parsed document is valid


public bool XMLReader::isValid ( void )

Returns a boolean indicating if the document being parsed is currently valid.

Valori restituiti

Restituisce TRUE in caso di successo, FALSE in caso di fallimento.


Example #1 Validating XML


// The validate parser option must be enabled for 
// this method to work properly



Nota: This checks the current node, not the entire document.

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zubin at trattonuovo dot com
7 years ago
I encountered some problems to use isValid method with xml2assoc function.
I use this way to validate the entire xml file and put it into an associative array.

$xml = new XMLReader();
if (!$xml->xml($xml_string, NULL, LIBXML_DTDVALID)) {
  echo "XML not valid: load error";


$xml_array = xml2assoc($xml);

$arErrors = libxml_get_errors();
$xml_errors = "";
foreach ($arErrors AS $xmlError) $xml_errors .= $xmlError->message;
if ($xml_errors != "") {
  echo "XML not valid: ".$xml_errors;

//all ok
remy dot damour at laposte dot net
8 years ago
1. If you validate against relax-ng, no need to call $xml->setParserProperty(XMLReader::VALIDATE, true);

2. Be aware that $xml->isValid() will return validity for currently active node (ie. node currently positioned using $xml->read()). It won't check validity of your entire tree at once, but rather on a step by step basis
anzenews at volja dot net
9 years ago
This comment is only partially correct:
"isValid() always returns false unless you enable checking for validity by $reader->setParserProperty(XMLReader::VALIDATE, true);"
This enables DTD checking, but you can also check by using RelaxNG (see setRelaxNGSchema() and setRelaxNGSchemaSource()).

And also, this is NOT correct:
"If you just need to check if XML file is well formed, successful loading into XMLReader object is usually enough."
It is not enough. Pull parsers operate on stream and if you have a large enough file they will not know it is well formed until it is read to the end. If you need to know if it is well formed or/and valid, read it till the end or validation error (you can use next() for fast reading if you don't care about contents).
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