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   Standard interface for DOM building

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  • From: "Michael Kay" <M.H.Kay@eng.icl.co.uk>
  • To: "Xml-Dev" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Sep 1998 13:58:39 +0100

There are a number of DOM implementations now appearing,
(for example a new one from SUN) and I have been trying to
add support for them to SAXON. The thing that's missing is a
standard interface to build the Document. Can XML-DEV step
in to fill the gap?

I'm using the following interface, as a starter for ten
(sorry, that's a UK game show phrase):

public interface DOMBuilder

    * Define the parser to be used when building the DOM.
The DOM implementation is free to ignore this and use its
    * own parser if it wishes.

    public void setParser (Parser parser);

    * Build the DOM document from an input source.
    * @param source The InputSource to use.
    * @return The DOM Document object that results from
parsing the input.

    public Document build (InputSource source)
        throws java.io.IOException,


I've got implementations of this interface working for the
Docuverse and SUN products; anyone see any difficulty in
supporting it for other DOM implementations? Are there any
other methods that could/should go in the interface?

Any ideas where this should belong: part of SAX 2.0?

Mike Kay

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