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   Re: Who will maintain SAX?

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  • From: Pierre Attar <patt@tireme.fr>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2000 17:55:06 +0200

At 17:33 29/09/2000, David Megginson wrote:
>Since SAX is through its initial rapid-development stage, I'm inclined
>to hand it over to an institution rather than to an individual.  I've
>considered the W3C and OASIS, but since SAX is really a developers'
>project rather than a standards-writers' project, I wondered if the
>Apache Project might not make the best home -- they're well set up to
>deal with this sort of thing, and have demonstrated a high degree of
>technical competence.

I definitely vote for the W3C. Why ? Only one reason.

For document developments with XML, we need a mixed technology of event 
driven API plus tree API.

For a simple example, suppose I want to transform a big 200 M technical 
documentation. All the transformation may be event driven, except, for 
example, the CALS table transformation which need to acces the whole tree 
in memory.

Do we need to do the whole thing with DOM just because of these tables ? 
Impossible because of the size of the file. Therefore, today I may 
externalize all my tables, transform them with DOM and then to reintegrate 

But I can do both in the same time if I have something like SAX plus DOM 
interrelated. As a technology, it was proofed as usefull in the Balise 
software, from AIS (www.balise.us.com).

Therefore, if there is a need, we need both to be recommandations and both 
to be handled by the same group. We will be garanteed of the coherence of 
the interrelationship between both of them.

Pierre Attar (mailto:pattar@tireme.fr)

TIREME SARL (http://www.tireme.fr)

Projet "Mutualiser l'effort de montée en compétences sur XML"


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