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Default Javascript and using the XMLDOM to modify xml

I created a script which loads my xml file and it also saves my xml file to a persons HD using an ActiveX plugin.

Now what I would like to do is have my script take the loaded XML file and add child elements and then save it. But I want this to be done in memory that way the user doesnt have to see it.

So here is what the load part looks like:
<script type="text/javascript">
  // Loads plugins.xml
  var xmlFile = './plugins.xml';

  function loadXML(xmlFile) {
    var xmlDoc = new ActiveXObject('Microsoft.XMLDOM');

    xmlDoc.async = false;
    xmlDoc.onreadystatechange = verify(xmlDoc);
    xmlObj = xmlDoc.documentElement;

    return xmlDoc;

  function verify(xmlDoc) {
    // 0 Object is not initialized
    // 1 Loading object is loading data
    // 2 Loaded object has loaded data
    // 3 Data from object can be worked with
    // 4 Object completely initialized

    if (xmlDoc.readyState != 4) {
      return false;

    return xmlDoc;

  function getPlugins(xmlFile) {

    var pluginFiles = Array();
    var nodeCount = xmlObj.childNodes.length;

    for( var x = 0; x < nodeCount; x++) {
      pluginFiles[x] = xmlObj.getElementsByTagName("plugin")[x].childNodes(1).text;

    for( var x = 0; x < pluginFiles.length; x++) {
      document.write("      <script type=\"text/javascript\" src=\"./plugins/" + pluginFiles[x] + "\"></script>\n");

    return true;


I imagine I should be using the 'xmlObj' I created to add child nodes but I am unsure how to do this. Anyone have any suggestions?

Once that part is complete I have a script made to save the current xmlObj to a file.

And this is my XML file:
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
I want to add a new 'plugin' node with its nessacary child nodes.
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Firstly you need to capture the return of loadXML:
var oDoc = loadXML(xmlFile);
Then work with oDoc as your ML document. To load and save from the hard drive the client will need to have low security settings for your site's zone.

If you document.write to a page that has finished loading it will create a new page, better to create a new script node and append to the current document.


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