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  • From: Geir Ove Gronmo <grove@infotek.no>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Wed, 11 Feb 1998 18:59:10 +0100

While working on implementations using SAX I've noticed that there is no
way to know if an element is an empty element or not (e.g <Para/>). This
could perhaps be done using some kind of lookahead, but should that be

Perhaps a change to the startElement method in the DocumentHandler
interface could fix this.

This is how the method is defined in the Draft Specification (1998-01-12):

public void startElement (String name, AttributeMap attributes) 
throws Exception 

Perhaps this should be something like:

public void startElement (String name, AttributeMap attributes, boolean
throws Exception 

Best regards,
Geir O.

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