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   DOM vs. SAX??? Nah. (was RE: Storing Lots of Fiddly Bits (was Re: What

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "XML List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 12 Feb 1999 09:58:42 -0500 (EST)

Oren Ben-Kiki writes:

 > I know it is available - just as there are tools to build a DOM
 > tree from SAX events. I'd just like to see SAX being given an
 > official standing _within_ the DOM specs as "the" DOM visitor
 > interface. Ideally, SAX would be part of the DOM specs.

I'd be surprised to see that happen: not only are the two a little out
of sync on some of the fluff stuff (like CDATA section boundaries),
but all SAX callbacks would need an additional argument supplying a
pointer to the DOM node being visited.  It hardly makes sense to have

  startElement(String name, org.xml.sax.AttributeList atts)

when you could simply have

  startElement(org.w3c.dom.Element element)

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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