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Re: If SAX == lex, then what == yacc?

  • From: James Robertson <jamesr@s...>
  • To: "W3C XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1999 09:48:18 +1100

yacc practice

>"Anthony B. Coates" writes:
> > A thought that struck me (and probably struck many of you before me) is 
> that
> > the event stream from a SAX parser is much like the token stream from a 
> lexical
> > analyser, like 'lex'.  This made me wonder what the equivalent to 
> 'yacc' would
> > be in this picture;

I guess the closest thing I've seen is

It's stream-based, event-driven, and maintains
a stack of open elements for you. It doesn't
build a whole in-memory representation of the
document either, unlike DOM.

Obviously I'm not saying it's identical
in concept, but in practice, it works well.


James Robertson
Step Two Designs Pty Ltd
SGML, XML & HTML Consultancy
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