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   Re: org.xml.sax.ContentHandler conflicts with java.net.ContentHandler

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  • From: Elliotte Rusty Harold <elharo@metalab.unc.edu>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2000 08:47:03 -0500

At 8:16 PM -0500 3/5/00, David Megginson wrote:
>We already had a long discussion about these names a couple of months
>ago, and now that SAX2/Java is almost finished, I am very reluctant to
>change them.  Of course, anyone working from a beta is taking her own
>risks, but it seems somewhat gratuitous to mess up the books that are
>already on their way to press or the applications already under
>development with an arbitrary name change at this point.

It's not an arbitrary change. There's a specific reason for it. 
Ideally the problem would have been noticed months ago, but it 
wasn't. It's certainly easier to change now than it will be to change 
it after SAX2 is released. Indeed at that point it becomes more or 
less impossible to change, at least until SAX3.

I doubt this would be a major hardship to anybody working on 
applications. Has anybody actually shipped software that depends on 
this yet? Do Xerces or any other parsers even support SAX2 beta 2 
yet? If you're working with this stuff instead of SAX1, you're used 
to the change. Books are a little more problematic, but how many of 
them are there at the exact point of the printing process where they 
can cover SAX2 but can't change this one class name?

Certainly, if you're working with this stuff you're accustomed to 
things changing. Two weeks ago I had to rip a presentation apart and 
rewrite large parts of it three separate times in the same week to 
account for new releases of software and APIs. This is not the worst 
change we book authors have had to deal with.

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