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   Re: A question of SAX specification

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 11:56:26 -0400 (EDT)

David Megginson scripsit:
> Toshimitsu Suzuki <tsuzu@flab.fujitsu.co.jp> writes:
> > I have a question the behavier of getColumnNumber in Locator.  I
> > want to get the end position of some xml
> > fragment(ie.<element>content</element>) in startElement().  But, one
> > SAX parser replies the end tag's ">", another SAX parser replies
> > "c".  Which is correct?
> The idea of Locator was simply to help get a user close to an error in
> a document: exactly how it works is deliberately unspecified, mainly
> to keep life easy for parser writers (since different parsers use
> different tokenization and look-ahead schemes).  Locator is not
> designed to let you extract text strings from the original document.

Yes, but it would have been nice to define whether the first column
in each line is column 1 or column 0, which is obviously the problem
above.  Ditto with line 1 or line 0.

John Cowan                                   cowan@ccil.org
       I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin

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