This function takes as input an XML document represented as a string, and returns the document node at the root of an XDM tree representing the parsed document.
parse-xml($arg as xs:string?) ➔ document-node(element(*))
The lexical XML string to be parsed as a document
Links to W3C specifications
Notes on the Saxon implementation
Available since Saxon 9.3, provided XPath 3.0 is enabled; replaces the extension function
saxon:parse which is retained for the time being.
Saxon parses the supplied document using the "source parser" registered with the configuration.
It sets a custom ErrorHandler to be notified of parsing errors; this outputs nothing, but instead
captures any notified exceptions. If the parsing failure is caught using try/catch, these exceptions
are available as the value of
a sequence of items, each of which is a Java
ExternalObject wrapping a
SAXParseException, which can be interrogated using reflexive extension functions to
obtain details such as the line number of the error.