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   Re: [xml-dev] DESIGN PROPOSAL: Java XMLIterator

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Clark C . Evans wrote:

> You are proposing a hierarchical iterator (just as SAX is 
> a hierarchical visitor).  I would keep the iterator
> "flat" and go over a single list of children.

My basic objection to this style is that if the XML
document is arbitrarily deeply nested, your code has to
be too: elements within elements are represented in the
code as loops within loops.  Alternatively, you have to use
an explicit stack to keep track of the current Iterator

> The above interface is very similar to the "C" call
> level interface for YAML 

I just snarfed the YAML spec today and look forward to
reading it.

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