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Return child elements with specified name.

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import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.List;

import org.w3c.dom.Element;
import org.w3c.dom.Node;

 * Few simple utils to read DOM. This is originally from the Jakarta Commons
 * Modeler.
 * @author Costin Manolache
public class Utils {
   * Return child elements with specified name.
   * @param parent
   * @param ns
   * @param localName
   * @return
  public static List<Element> getChildrenWithName(Element parent, String ns, String localName) {
    List<Element> r = new ArrayList<Element>();
    for (Node n = parent.getFirstChild(); n != null; n = n.getNextSibling()) {
      if (n instanceof Element) {
        Element e = (Element) n;
        String eNs = (e.getNamespaceURI() == null) ? "" : e.getNamespaceURI();
        if (ns.equals(eNs) && localName.equals(e.getLocalName())) {
    return r;


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