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   MSXML is tied to Windows

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  • From: Joe Lapp <jlapp@acm.org>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 09:41:53 -0500

I've been looking at Microsoft's MSXML.  Although it is written
in Java, it is tied to the Windows platform.  Instead of using
Java's URL facilities in java.net.*, it provides an ActiveX
control to do the job.  Class com.ms.xml.util.XMLInputStream
relies on COM interface IXMLStream, which MSXML provides as a
DLL written in C++ (see com\ms\xml\XMLStream\XMLURLStream).

I'm looking for a 100% pure Java XML parser that is being
actively maintained.  I've got a few projects up my sleeve,
and I want to be sure that the code I write is cross-platform.
If I write to MSXML, I tie myself into Microsoft's API.  Given
that the only implementation of that API works only on Windows,
to write to MSXML would be to tie my Java tool to Windows.

It seems that Microsoft has the most complete implementation
of an XML parser, so Microsoft is doing a very good job of
trying to get me to write Java that works only on Windows.
Joe Lapp (Java Apps Developer/Consultant)
Unite for Java! - http://www.javalobby.org

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