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

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Alaric B Snell wrote:

> You can have an entire SAX pipeline without a single byte of XML; a 
> database backend that emits SAX events 'faking' an XML document that 
> goes into an XSLT engine that outputs a string of HTML. No XML actually 
> involved! There's a conceptual 'virtual' XML document that exists 
> between the database and the XSLT engine, but no pointy brackets were 
> harmed in its construction :-) 

What would that virtual XML document be encoded in?

> All the guy is proposing to expand upon is the idea that element and 
> attribute content be optionally presented by the SAX API as native 
> values, where the SAX parser has enough information to do so. 

Why does this need to be done within SAX?

> It doesn't have to be non-Unicode, now, does it? It would be quite 
> useful for normal XML with an associated schema, too. The original 
> poster was coming at this issue from the viewpoint of binary encodings 
> where it's more efficient to present the code directly with a native 
> integer than to convert from two's complement form to text only to have 
> the application convert back again - but the application of a 
> typed-values-in-SAX interface is wide than that!

Efficient maybe. Whether it's more effective is another matter.

Bill de hÓra
Technical Architect


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