DOM load and save flow

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Summary: This article describes the internal loading and saving flow of the COLLADA DOM.


Calling load on the DAE object just checks whether an IO plug-in and database exist, creating default ones if they don’t, then calls read in the IO plug-in.

The libxml IO plug-in contains the following functions used while reading:

  • read calls a recursive function that reads the XML element hierarchy using libxml’s SAX parsing functionality.
  • nextElement calls the appropriate functions based on the XML SAX type currently being parsed, that is, an attribute, a value, or a new element.
  • readAttributes handles the white space delimiting of array values. It then calls setAttribute on the current element. (See DOM meta system for information on what this does.) This has a nasty, but purposely designed this way, side effect that if the element is an array type, the particle is appended to the attribute type list and is not actually “set”.
  • readValue does the same as readAttributes except it doesn’t call setAttribute on the element but instead uses the meta value attribute (more in DOM meta system) to set the data.

After the libxml plug-in reads and converts all of the XML document, it does the following:

  1. Creates a daeDocument with the root being the root that was created on parse.
  2. Creates all of the integration objects if they are used.
  3. Resolves all elements that require resolution (more in DOM meta system).
  4. Calls the integration object conversion functions.


DAE save just checks whether the IO plugin and database exist, creating them if they doesn’t. (If there is no database, then save will most certainly fail, but it creates it anyway.) Then it calls write on the IO plugin.

The libxml plugin uses libxml2’s SAX writer to write out the COLLADA document.

It calls a recursive write function that writes each element and its child subtree.

There is some special case handling if you have the option set to save the float data as a .raw file. ((more on this later))

If an element’s meta type is not flagged transparent then a new XML tag is created and the attributes written. (SEe DOM COLLADA code generator for rules on what is marked transparent.)

writeAttribute does some processing to check whether an attribute should be written. It also does some special case handling so string types aren’t bound by the same size constraints that other types are.

Attributes that are required always get written. An element’s value is an attribute that is always considered required.

If the attribute is not required it checks if it was set. If not then it is not written.

If the attribute is set then it gets compared to the default value, if one was specified. If the attribute is the same as the default then it ignored. This will always fail for array types (I think).

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