Extracting information from an XML Report file via XPath
The pdfToolbox specific "app.doc.result.reports" object returns an array of reports that have been generated in a previous Process Plan step. It can be combined with file.read which would read an XML report into a string and to then convert that string back into an XML object with xml=new XML().
Then xml.registerNamespace allows for associating the XML Report namespace, which is "http://www.callassoftware.com/namespace/pi4" for pdfToolbox XML Reports with a abbreviation.
Finally xml.xpath can be used to read information from the XML object via an XPath expression.
The example below extracts the information about what plates are used by a PDF file from the XML report and writes that information into a variable "text". In the Process Plan example which is attached to this article the value of this variable is then used in a later step to write that information onto all PDF pages.
//Get first report, assign it to "file", read it's content into a string and //convert that string into an XML object app.vars.report = app.doc.result.reports; var file = new File( app.doc.result.reports ); var string = file.read(); var xml = new XML(string); //Register the XML namespace with p xml.registerNamespace("p","http://www.callassoftware.com/namespace/pi4"); //Get the list of platenames app.vars.plates = xml.xpath( "//p:report/p:document/p:doc_info/p:platenames/p:platename/text()" ); //Write the list of platenames into a variable that is available throughout the execution context app.vars.text = app.vars.plates;