Re: Collected Works of SAX
Leigh Dodds wrote > > I've summarised the recent 'SAX, missing features?' thread > in this weeks XML-Deviant article . Both to introduce the > discussion to a wider audience, and hopefully provide a > useful feature list if the suggested work goes ahead. > > Is there any interest in progressing this further? Where > do we go from here? I think you raise an important point, where does SAX go from here? SAX is clearly a very important API and there is a significant amount of delivered software using it. For this reason, any change to SAX needs to be carefully managed, a task that David Megginson has stated he is unwilling to continue with. Whilst I know of nothing urgent that needs fixing, there is growing pressure to review and extend SAX. Standardizing the API for other language bindings is just one example. This task needs to be undertaken in an open and controlled way. I think it is time to hand SAX over to a working group that has a clear set of guidelines for how it should operate. I remember a few months ago there were discussions about SAX being taken under the umbrella of OASIS. This sounds like an ideal solution to me, because the OASIS process is very open yet controlled. I'm not sure what happened to that idea, but I believe it needs to be pursued as a priority. The SAX project created on SourceForge may be a useful area for developers to share pieces of code, but this is not a viable alternative to having SAX administered by a responsible (and responsive) body. Regards Rob Lugt ElCel Technology http://www.elcel.com/
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