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- From: "Michael Kay" <M.H.Kay@eng.icl.co.uk>
- To: <xml-Dev@ic.ac.uk>
- Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 10:10:01 +0100
A new version of SAXON (3.03) is available for download at
SAXON is a java class library that sits on top of a
SAX-compliant XML parser, providing additional services to
aid document manipulation and transformation. In general it
is designed to help you write applications that need to
process a *specific* document type, rather than for
general-purpose XML tools.
The distribution includes as a sample application
DTDGenerator, a tool that takes an XML document as input and
produces as output a DTD to which it conforms.
Principal changes in this version:
* Improved mechanisms for performing multiple document
passes when using the DOM
* Improved ParserManager for controlling which SAX parser to
use (now uses a Java properties file and incorporates a
starter list of known parsers)
* Updated to work (optionally) with Docuverse DOM-SDK.
(The previous unannounced version 3.01 worked with Free-DOM
3 and was on the web for fully three hours before Don Park
announced the replacement of Free-DOM by DOM-SDK. Is this a
record for software obsolescence?)
There are two classes included in SAXON which are
free-standing and which can probably add value to any SAX
- ParserManager, which allows you to maintain a list of
installed parsers and to control which one should be
- ExtendedInputSource, which subclasses the SAX InputSource
class to allow a java File to be supplied as the XML source
not to include in a commercial product. Source is included.
If you find SAXON useful, please let me know, it tells me my
time was not wasted!
Thanks to the correspondents, whose names I have forgotten,
who suggested the improvements in this version.
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