The current GeoData XML Parser ( aka. GeoParser ) has been implemented to specifically deal with our current GeoData data structure. If you want to see a more complete documentation of the GeoData library you can see the GeoData Library documentation. I will only describe the particular problem to the GeoGraphicsView implementation here.
The GeoParser is an implementation of the QXMLStreamReader class in Qt, more information can be found here. There are other things built into this implementation that simplify the creation of a parser for new XML format document, namely:
To implement a new XML parser you need to
Each tag handler is called when the relevant XML tag is reached by the GeoParser ( which knows what tags to call by its registered tag list ). Each tag can access the stack data structure of the GeoParser as well as the Collection Data Structure of the GeoParser. This allows the tag handler to access items from the stack and allows root elements of the XML to add themselves to the collection data structure.
The unfortunate thing about the current implementation of the GeoParser is that when any item is added to the Collection Data Structure it is effectively downcast to the collection's type and removes any ability for 3rd party developers to add parsing capability to marble with functionality other than that which marble provides. This is not in line with the design of the QGraphicsItem implementation and something that is a current development effort to fix. What needs to happen is that an extra data model needs to be added to the GeoParser that is more in line with the idea of passing pointers around and that way we can conserve the typing information at run time.