RE: A Proposal for Refactoring SAX
Leigh Dodds writes: > While we're at it, why not add some additional DOM > utilities, like writing out a DOM to disk, etc. > > Overall I really like this refactoring approach. > > Interested what David has to say though... I think that it might raise SAX up a little too high -- SAX is designed to be a simple, very low-level parser interface, like a device driver in Unix or Windows; it was not meant to become a general XML-processing infrastructure. Personally, I always expected that people would build more sophisticated stuff like SAXON on top of SAX. One of the reasons that SAX succeeded is that it stayed simple and kept out of people's faces. Personally, I still fantasize about a new version of SAX with even fewer handlers and callbacks, since there are really only five things that 98% of XML applications have to know about: - elements - attributes - character data - processing instructions - errors Unfortunately, XML 1.0 (and the current Infoset WD) won't let me get away with that. By the way, how many SAX implementors have ever used the SAX 1.0 DTDHandler interface in a real-world installation? The XML 1.0 spec requires processors to report the information in that interface, but I'd be very interested to know about actual usage patterns. All the best, David -- David Megginson david@m... http://www.megginson.com/ xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; (un)subscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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