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   Re: SAX: 1998-04-18 pre-release

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  • From: Peter Murray-Rust <peter@ursus.demon.co.uk>
  • To: James Clark <jjc@jclark.com>, Xml-Dev List <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Apr 1998 09:14:07

At 14:12 19/04/98 +0700, James Clark wrote:
>Making the read methods on ByteStream and CharacterStream throw
>SAXException seems wrong to me.  In a Java environment I need to be able
>to throw an IOException.  So they should be declared as throwing either
>Exception or IOException.  The approach in InputStreamAdapter of just
>passing through the message from IOExceptions is not acceptable.  An
>application may need to deal with different classes of IOExceptions
>differently, so it needs to be possible to propagate the IOException up
>to Parser.parse.

I agree with James. By passing the message alone you lose the information
such as where the exception originally occurred. I have struggled with this
a lot - if  a program reduces everything to Exception it can be difficult
to  document it but if all exceptions are passed up then it gets very messy.

[In JUMBO I use a JumboException - rather like SAXException, but use it to
*contain* other exceptions rather than lose their information. This is
probably an interim solution until the hierarchy gets sorted out.]


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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