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   Re: [xml-dev] SAX for Binary Encodings (SAD-SAX)

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> At 11:22 AM -0500 11/8/03, Bob Wyman wrote:
> >     public interface TypedContentHandler extends ContentHandler {
> >       public void values(java.lang.Object value)
> >          throws SAXException;
> >     }
> This won't work. There are numerous problems including:
> 1. People want primitive data types often instead of objects.
> 2. It's type unsafe. OBject is not suitable replacement for 
> Date/Integer/int/etc.
> 3. What do you pass when the data doesn't match the schema?

Now, whether this should be called SAX or something else
is another question, but a better way to pass arbitrary
data would be to take advantage of existing knowledge
about marshalling/unmarshalling data across networks.

In short, in the content handler call-back, pass an UnMarshall
object, and when writing the data use a Marshall object.
In the case above, the Unmarshall object would then have
appropriate methods to indicate the basic data type
(like integer, boolean, string, ...) and a platform dependent
way of unmarshalling them. Sort of like RPC. One could
use the one of the existing ways of representing data
on the network for the binary encoding. 



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