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   Re: General comments on parsers (was [NEW] AElfred)

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  • From: "Matt Jones" <jones@nceas.ucsb.edu>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 10 Dec 1997 16:14:35 -0800

Thanks to the parser writers!

Like Peter, I am working on a project where we are building an XML
editing application in Java and therefore need access to the content
model for determining allowable content.  The msxml parser currently
doesn't make its internal representation of the DTD public -- Chris
Lovett suggested using the XML-Data Schemas instead of trying to access
the DTD info directly.  When one wants access to the DTD, what is the
recommended method?  Is there any concensus? Do any of the available
parsers (Lark, MSXML, NXP, PaxSyn, etc.)  plan on offering access to the
DTD through their APIs at some point?

Standardization of APIs (a la XAPI-J) would make life better as well --
are people working on this (Lark? MSXML? etc?)?

Thanks in advance,
Matt Jones                                    jones@nceas.ucsb.edu
http://www.nceas.ucsb.edu/    Ph: 805-892-2508   Fax: 805-892-2510
National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS)

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:

> JUMBO wants to retrieve the DTD information for its authoring process,
> and
> needs the ELEMENT and ATTLIST information. At my last attempt I was
> unable
> to extract ELEMENT information from Lark (but can get ATTLISTs) and I
> don't
> think I could get ELEMENT info from lfred. I haven't looked at NXP,
> and
> perhaps Norbert could update us.
> Again, many thanks to Microstar and David, Tim, Norbert (and the MSXML
> players when we get the WORA version).
>         P.

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