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   Re: DOM - Creating Documents

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Apr 1999 10:04:06 -0400

Leigh Dodds wrote:

> Erm, so you're saying that
> interface Document : Node {
>         Document        createDocument{} raises {DOMException}
> }
> isn't valid CORBA syntax and so thats why its not been
> included?

Not at all.  But what such a method would do is to allow you
to create a new Document, *given an existing Document*.  It
doesn't help unless you already have a Document to apply the
method to.  IDL has no concept of "static" or "class" methods.

A plausible alternative would be to put createDocument() into
the DOMImplementation interface, but this just pushes off the
problem: how does one get an instance of DOMImplementation?
This is the "infinite regress" Miles mentioned.

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