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SimpleXMLElement->children()

Finds children of given node ()

SimpleXMLElement {
  SimpleXMLElement children(string ns,
                            bool is_prefix);

}

This method finds the children of the element of which it is a member. The result follows normal iteration rules.

Note:

SimpleXML has made a rule of adding iterative properties to most methods. They cannot be viewed using var_dump() or anything else which can examine objects.

Parameters

ns
is_prefix

Default to FALSE

Return Values

ChangeLog

VersionDescription
5.2.0 The optional parameter is_prefix was added.

Examples

Example 2252. Traversing a children() pseudo-array

<?php
$xml
= new SimpleXMLElement(
'<person>
<child role="son">
 <child role="daughter"/>
</child>
<child role="daughter">
 <child role="son">
  <child role="son"/>
 </child>
</child>
</person>'
);

foreach (
$xml->children() as $second_gen) {
   echo
' The person begot a ' . $second_gen['role'];

   foreach (
$second_gen->children() as $third_gen) {
       echo
' who begot a ' . $third_gen['role'] . ';';

       foreach (
$third_gen->children() as $fourth_gen) {
           echo
' and that ' . $third_gen['role'] .
               
' begot a ' . $fourth_gen['role'];
       }
   }
}
?>

The above example will output:

The person begot a son who begot a daughter; The person
begot a daughter who begot a son; and that son begot a son