Embed XML configuration directly in Spring application context

I have a Java object which is able to configure itself given an XML configuration description (it takes other descriptions as well, but I'm interested in the XML at the moment). I'm wondering if I can embed the XML description directly into a Spring application context description. I'm imagining something like:

<bean id="myXMLConfiguredBean" class="com.example.Foo">
  <constructor-arg type="xml">
    <myconfig xmlns="http://example.com/foo/config">

but I have no idea if that - or something like it - is possible. I realise I could embed myconfig in a CDATA section, but that seems a bit ugly.


Spring's XSD allows <constructor-arg> to contain any XML through:

<xsd:element name="constructor-arg">
      <xsd:element ref="description" minOccurs="0" />
        <xsd:choice minOccurs="0" maxOccurs="1">
          <xsd:element ref="bean" />
          <xsd:element ref="ref" />
          <xsd:element ref="idref" />
          <xsd:element ref="value" />
          <xsd:element ref="null" />
          <xsd:element ref="list" />
          <xsd:element ref="set" />
          <xsd:element ref="map" />
          <xsd:element ref="props" />
          <!-- Any XML -->
          <xsd:any namespace="##other" processContents="strict" />

Where the processContents attribitutes can have one of three values

strict: There must be a top-level declaration for the item available, or the item must have an xsi:type, and the item must be ·valid· as appropriate.

So, so long as your config XML has a schema, and you import it correctly, this should work.

Then, you would need to register a PropertyEditor for your XML using CustomEditorConfigurer

Hope this helps

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