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Description

This XML Output step allows you to write rows from any source to one or more XML files.

Options

File Tab

The file tab is where you set general properties for the XML output file format:

Option

Description

Step name

Name of the step; this name has to be unique in a single transformation

Filename

Specifies the file name and location of the output text file
Note: Don't add the extension in this field, when the date and time should optionally be appended and afterwards the extension option (see Extension option field below). When the Extension option is left blank, add it to this field.

Do not create file at start

Enable to avoid empty files when no rows are getting processed.

Pass output to servlet

Enable this option to return the data via a web service instead writing into a file (see PDI data over web service)

Extension

Adds a period and the extension to the end of the file name (.xml)

Include stepnr in filename

If you run the step in multiple copies (see also Launching Several Copies of a step), the copy number is included in the file name, before the extension (_0)

Include date in filename

Includes the system date in the file name (_20041231)

Include time in filename

Includes the system date in the file name (_235959)

Content Tab

Option

Description

Zipped

Check this if you want the XML file to be stored in a ZIP archive.

Encoding

The encoding to use. This encoding is specified in the header of the XML file.

Parent XML element

The name of the root element in the XML document.

Row XML element

The name of the row element to use in the XML document.

Split every ... rows.

The maximum number of rows of data to put in a single XML file before another is created

Fields Tab

Option

Description

Fieldname

The name of the field.

Elementname

The name of the element in the XML file to use. Type: Type of the field can be either String, Date, or Number.

Type

Type of the field can be either String, Date, or Number. Format mask from which to convert; see Number formats for a complete description of format specifiers.

Length

The length option depends on the field type follows:

  • Number - Total number of significant figures in a number
  • String - total length of string
  • Date - length of printed output of the string (e.g. 4 only gives back year)

    Note: the output string is padded to this length if it is specified.

Precision

The precision option depends on the field type as follows:

  • Number - Number of floating point digits
  • String - unused
  • Date - unused

Currency

Symbol used to represent currencies such as $10,000.00 or E5.000,00

Decimal

A decimal point can be a "." (10,000.00) or "," (5.000,00)

Group

A grouping can be a "," (10,000.00) or "." (5.000,00)

Null

If the value of the field is null, insert this string into the textfile

Get fields

Click to retrieve the list of fields from the input stream(s).

Minimal width

Alter the options in the fields tab in such a way that the resulting width of lines in the text file is minimal; for example instead of save 0000001, "1" is written, and so on. String fields are not padded to their specified length.

Metadata Injection Support

All fields of this step support metadata injection. You can use this step with ETL Metadata Injection to pass metadata to your transformation at runtime.

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  1. Is it possible to create XML-Output-Files with complex structure?