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  • From: David Brownell <db@Eng.Sun.COM>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 01 Oct 1998 07:30:28 -0700

In the list of antecedents, let's not forget IBM's XML4J
which has an "element factory" API for creating specialized
elements.  (Also, HotJava and Swing internals!)

Some of my current thought:

- To the extent that we're talking about actual components
  we are language-specific (preferably Java :-) but it could
  be useful to think a bit more generally.

- I'd prefer to name element types as { namespace uri, tag }
  rather than with compound strings or a flat namespace.

- Issues include how to construct a given node, and (IMHO)
  the desirability of specialized parse-time interactions to
  affect/approve the tree(s) constructed.

- Depending on special DTDs or DTD rules may be unwise in
  the general case, and even in the typical one.

- Most non-structural operations should be separated.  For
  example, GUI stuff should all be separate interfaces.  Some
  attention to delegation will be important.

- Generating customized content.  It's no good solving only half
  the problem, and customization during parsing is "easy" (as
  suggested by all the results there).

- Separating configuration issues (property file vs a more
  structured XML file vs compiled in defaults vs inferring
  mappings from packages, etc) from everything else will help.
  A factory API helps a lot here.

Clearly, I agree this is important.

- Dave

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