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   Re: YAXPAPI (Yet Another XML Parser API)- an XDEV proposal

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  • From: David Megginson <ak117@freenet.carleton.ca>
  • To: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • Date: Sun, 14 Dec 1997 06:35:18 -0500

Tim Bray writes:
 > At 09:01 PM 13/12/97 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
 > >I have worried about this myself.  My design goal with Ælfred has been
 > >to limit myself to two class files: one for the parser itself, and one
 > >for the interface for the callbacks -- hence the separate event for
 > >attributes.  This decision has forced some pretty severely hacked-up
 > >internal code accompanied by very careful documentation.
 > Hmm, isn't this what JAR and so on are for?  Seems like an awfully 
 > severe design constraint.  I certainly agree with "small" as a design
 > goal, but it seems like limiting class file count carries a pretty
 > high price. - Tim

It is a painfully high price, especially in terms of coding
difficulty; if NS 3.*, NS 4.*, MSIE 3.*, MSIE 4.*, and HotJava all
accepted the JAR files (or any other archive format), then I wouldn't
worry.  As it stands, however, that is not the case, and it is
essential that Ælfred be easy to use in existing browsers as well as
future ones.  That is the same reason that I didn't use any JDK 1.1
features, despite the fact that I _like_ JDK 1.1.

I am willing to be convinced that an extra couple of class files won't
make a difference to Java applet writers (with no special interest in
XML), but I will need to hear that from them.

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117@freenet.carleton.ca
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins@microstar.com

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