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   RE: Announcement: SAX2 1999-06-01 alpha release for Java

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  • From: Miles Sabin <msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk>
  • To: 'XML Developers' List' <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 21 Jun 1999 16:09:28 +0100

David Megginson wrote,
> Miles Sabin writes:
> > Is there any chance of us changing that? How about 
> > an alternative start tag reporting interface which 
> > reports,
> > 
> >   startOpenElement(String name);
> >   startAttribute(String name);
> >   attributeCharacters(char[] chars, int off, int len);
> >   endAttribute(String name);
> >   endOpenElement(String name);
> The trouble is that this would benefit relatively few 
> people and make life harder for all the rest.  The 
> more we discuss these issues, the more I think that 
> SAX shouldn't try to be all things to all people --
> perhaps we should let the 'S' continue to stand for 
> 'Simple', and target only the 80% (or 98%, more 
> likely) who care mainly about the Holy Trinity of 
> elements, attributes, and character data.

Fair enough, though presumably there's enough room to
support this sort of functionality via the extension
mechanism. Any takers?



Miles Sabin                          Cromwell Media
Internet Systems Architect           5/6 Glenthorne Mews
+44 (0)181 410 2230                  London, W6 0LJ
msabin@cromwellmedia.co.uk           England

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