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   Re: SAX2: DTDDeclHandler (minimalist position)

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 16:47:34 -0500 (EST)

Elliotte Harold - java FAQ writes:

 > How committed are you to using integer constants? I know this is common,
 > but it tends to lend itself to bad code. Some people prefer a solution
 > like this:
 > public class AttributStatus {
 >   public final static AttributeStatus ATTRIBUTE_DEFAULTED = 
 >    new AttributeStatus();
 >   public final static AttributeStatus ATTRIBUTE_IMPLIED =
 >    new AttributeStatus();
 >   public final static AttributeStatus ATTRIBUTE_FIXED =   
 >    new AttributeStatus();
 >   public final static AttributeStatus ATTRIBUTE_REQUIRED =   
 >    new AttributeStatus();
 >   private AttributeStatus() {}
 > }

Yes, I do this all the time in my own Java code (the lack of enum in
Java is a serious design flaw, as I've been arguing for a few years
now), but I'm strongly committed to keeping SAX as small and simple as

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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