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ST - tt:skip, Skip Elements

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<tt:skip [name="name"] [count="cnt"]/>


The command tt.skip allows XML elements to be skipped in deserializations. The command can be located anywhere in a template.


In serializations, tt:skip is ignored.


In deserializations, tt:skip has the following effect:

  • Without additions, the following XML content of the inbound stream is consumed up to the end of the current element or non-literal attribute, but no other ST commands are executed.
  • Using the attributes name and count, as many consecutive elements of the name name are not deserialized as specified by the number in cnt.
  • Using the attribute name but not count, or using the attribute count="*", any number of consecutive elements with the name name are not deserialized.
  • Not using the attribute name but using the attribute count attribute, as many consecutive elements after the current element are not deserialized as specified in cnt. For cnt, a number or * can be specified, where * can stand for any number of elements.

In deserializations, when comparing the template, the tt:skip command is compared to the structure of the inbound XML stream as if the skipped elements were specified in its place. This means that a tt:skip command with the name attribute is correct only if this position of the inbound XML stream also has the corresponding number of elements of the specified name, and the element of a template executed after a tt:skip command must correspond to the element in the XML data that follows after the skipped elements.


In the simple transformation below, the template is divided into a part for serialization and a part for deserialization. In deserializations, the first two X1 elements, all X2 elements after the first X2 element, and the Y element including all its subelements are skipped.

  <tt:root name="ROOT"/>
      <struc tt:ref="ROOT">
          <X1><tt:value ref="COL0" /></X1>
          <X1><tt:value ref="COL1" /></X1>
          <X1><tt:value ref="COL2" /></X1>
          <X2><tt:value ref="COL3" /></X2>
          <X2><tt:value ref="COL4" /></X2>
          <X2><tt:value ref="COL5" /></X2>
            <X3><tt:value ref="COL6" /></X3>
            <X3><tt:value ref="COL7" /></X3>
            <X3><tt:value ref="COL8" /></X3>
          <X4><tt:value ref="COL9" /></X4>
        <tt:skip name="X1" count="2" />
        <X1><tt:value ref="COMPA" /></X1>
        <X2><tt:value ref="COMPB" /></X2>
        <tt:skip name="X2" count="*" />
        <tt:skip name="Y" count="1" />
        <X4><tt:value ref="COMPC" /></X4>

The following ABAP program can call the transformation:

DATA xml_string TYPE string.

        col0 TYPE i VALUE 0,
        col1 TYPE i VALUE 1,
        col2     TYPE i VALUE 2,
        col3 TYPE i VALUE 3,
        col4 TYPE i VALUE 4,
        col5 TYPE i VALUE 5,
        col6 TYPE i VALUE 6,
        col7 TYPE i VALUE 7,
        col8 TYPE i VALUE 8,
        col9 TYPE i VALUE 9,
      END OF struc.

DATA: BEGIN OF result,
        compa TYPE i,
        compb TYPE i,
        compc TYPE i,
      END OF result.

  SOURCE root = struc
  RESULT XML xml_string.

  SOURCE XML xml_string
  RESULT root = result.

After the deserialization, the components of result are given the values of the third, fourth, and tenth component of struc.