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
Available in XPath 3.0, XSLT 3.0, XQuery 3.0, and later versions. From Saxon 9.6, available in all editions.
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.