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   Re: Simple XML Event-Based API for Java

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  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@quake.net>
  • To: "David Megginson" <ak117@freenet.carleton.ca>, "xml-dev Mailing List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 16 Dec 1997 20:44:22 -0800


Looks good in general.  I have only a few comments and a couple of

<comment type="renaming familiar pattern">
I would rename XmlApplication and XmlProcessor to XmlConsumer and
XmlProducer.  It is just matter of current Java API tradition.
Additionally, I would write a helper class XmlFilter.
Producer/Filter/Consumer arrangement is a well known design pattern and it
would be confusing to rename it.

<comment type="terminology">
I would rename startProlog, endProlog, and processingInstruction to
something more friendly.  To most beginner XML programmers, they wouldn't
know what PI is nor would they care.  I would group all "abnormal" tags
(with the exception of comments) as special elements and have a separate
pair of start/end for them.  I would add a separate method for comments
text.  Renaming characters() to content() might make it more clear to
programmers about what the method does.

<comment type="silly">
I would also rename xetPublicId and xetSystemId to xetPublicID and
xetSystemID.  I usually change acronyms when they are used as prefix (XML to
Xml) but not when they are used to postfix a name.  It tend to look more

Would entities be resolved by XmlProcessor er, XmlProducers?


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