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   Attribute parsing time (was Re: XML parsing performance)

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: XMLDev list <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: 28 Oct 1999 07:43:58 -0400

"Takuki Kamiya" <kamiya@rp.open.cs.fujitsu.co.jp> writes:

> Many parsers process "attribute XML without DTD" files in about 10 percent
> less time compared to the time for "element XML without DTD" in my experience.

That might be misleading.  

In SAX-based parsers, for example, elements and their character-data
content are active -- that is, every element and every chunk of
characters is reported to the client DocumentHandler automatically.
Attributes, on the other hand, are passive -- the client explicitly
has to iterate through the AttributeList to see them -- and they might
even be implemented in a lazy fashion (the values might not be
unescaped, for example).

If you're timing parsers with the SAX interface (or something similar)
and an empty DocumentHandler, all of that could easily account for the
10% difference.  For a more fair comparison, try something like this
in your DocumentHandler:

  public void startElement (String name, AttributeList atts)
    int nAtts = atts.getLength();
    for (int i = 0; i < nAtts; i++) {
      String name = atts.getName(i);
      String value = atts.getValue(i);

Now the application has touched every attribute, just like it touches
every element.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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