f1dave f1dave - 3 months ago 24
Java Question

Formatting decimal values for XML

I have a problem currently where a system we are connecting to expects to receive XML which contains, among other things, three double fields formatted to one decimal place. Personally I feel that our system should just be able to send values in default format and then it's up to other systems to format their own representation as they please, but alas this doesn't seem to be an option.

My Java-based system is currently converting objects to XML through the use of XStream. We have an XSD which accompanies the XML and defines the various elements as string, double, dateTime, etc.

I have three double fields which hold values like 12.5, 100.123, 5.23445 etc. Right now they are converted pretty much as-is into the XML. What I need is these values to be formatted in the XML to one decimal place; 12.5, 100.1, 5.2, etc.

I have briefly thought up options to accomplish this:

  • Somehow have Java format these values to this precision before it goes to the XML. Perhaps NumberFormat can do this, although I thought that was mainly for using with String output.

  • Hope that the XSD can do this for me; I know you can place limits on precision in the XSD, but I am unsure whether it actually handles the rounding itself or will just say 'this value of 123.123 is invalid for this schema'?

  • Use XSLT to somehow accomplish this for me.

I'd to pick your collective brains as to what would be the 'accepted' way / best practice to use in a situation like this.



XStream has converters (tutorial). You would have to register your own Double converter that will handle this. In the converter use DecimalFormat to limit the number of decimal places.