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Re: SAX: Attributes

  • From: David Megginson <ak117@f...>
  • To: xml-dev@i...
  • Date: Sun, 4 Jan 1998 20:13:10 -0500

sax attributes
Sean Mc Grath writes:

 > Annex G of the SGML handbook just says the order is insignificant. However,
 > nsgmls ESIS supplies then in declaration order and I for one have written
 > apps that relied on that. Perhaps writing apps that rely on a specific
 > order of attribute event arrival is just plain bad design!

The order of attributes should never be significant (how would you
deal with defaulted attribute values?) -- perhaps making this point
explicit would be a good minor change for the PR (Tim?).

 > Anyway, the dictionary approach, supplying all the attributes in one go
 > side-steps buffering and state space for simple little SAX apps. that want
 > to pick
 > up attributes X and Y of element Z and nothing else.
 > While on this subject, what comes first, a start-tag event or its attribute
 > event(s)?

I prefer to put the attributes first, so that all the information will
have been delivered by the time the startElement event arrives.

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117@f...
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins@m...

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