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- From: email@example.com (Peter Seibel)
- To: XML Developers' List <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Wed, 03 Feb 1999 17:00:57 -0800
Is there anyone out there who can characterize the problems/challenges/best
practices when it comes to parsing XML? Looking (briefly) at the source of
a couple parsers (Lark, Microsoft's, and XP) it looks like the parsers are
some flavor of hand written recursive descent. (Well, Lark has that funky
hand-coded DFA thing which I didn't really spend much time trying to grok
-- that's not really recursive descent as I understand things.) Is there a
reason no one seems to be using parser generators (like ANTLR or JavaCC)?
This may be more a question about the limitations of those tools which were
designed for parsing things that look a lot more like Algol than XML does.
P.S. Are there any parsers out there that actually return DOM objects?
Peter Seibel Perl/Java/English Hacker email@example.com
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