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Jeni Tennison scripsit:

> Can you expand on that? I must admit that I remain ignorant of
> pull-based XML event APIs. Is there are a good one around that we can
> adapt?

I know of two: XMLPULL (www.xmlpull.org) and the .NET XMLReader framework.

ERH has a nice writeup on XMLPULL at

He makes criticisms there that are IMO mostly well-rebutted by the
XMLPULL creators at:

I know less about the .NET stuff, but it seems to be basically very similar
but with a lot more bells, whistles, and gongs.  The official MS C#Doc is at:

The chief advantages of a pull API are two: it makes things easier for people
who are used to pulling content from files or databases (as opposed to
having GUI events pushed to them), and it makes the recursive-descent pattern
possible, in which the structure of the application mirrors the structure of
the document it is processing.  ERH's XHTML header example is clumsy because
it does not use this pattern properly, instead flattening it into
a classic C-style event loop.   The rebuttal article shows an improved version,
but it still isn't recursive descent, which would look something like this:

void parseHeader() {
      while (true) {
  	   int event = parser.next();
  	   if (event == XmlPullParser.START_TAG && isHeader(parser.getName())) {
  	   else if (event == XmlPullParser.END_TAG && isHeader(parser.getName())) {
  	   else if (event == XmlPullParser.TEXT) {
  	   else if (event == XmlPullParser.END_DOCUMENT) return;


The possible nesting of header elements is managed by Java recursion.

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