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   Re: [xml-dev] SAX is not a read-only API (wa RE: [xml-dev] re: XML SIG 1

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> > They don't exist. SAX is a read-only API. It supports
> > parsing of XML documents, but has no support whatsoever for creating
> > new XML documents, modifying XML documents, or writing them onto
> > streams. You can write code to do all this yourself. Just don't
> > pretend that code is part of SAX.
> The SAX interfaces don't mandate "parsing of XML documents", although
> the interfaces can be used for this common task, as well as others.

Agreed. I would concede the point that SAX doesn't specify any serialization
back to an XML document/file. But like Aaron said, that isn't a foregone
conclusion. Apart from that many implementors do have a document serializer
as part of the package. Sure these are SAX Extensions, but we saw the same
thing in the DOM world for ages. The fact that serialization is not part of
the API may be a good thing-- but I don't think that should classify it as
ReadOnly as it can be used to produce events as well.

Jeff Rafter
Defined Systems
XML Development and Developer Web Hosting


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