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   RE: [xml-dev] Piccolo Java SAX parser and others in the wild?

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At 9:24 AM +0000 2/24/04, Michael Kay wrote:
>On the subject of error handling, one of my biggest hassles in making
>Saxon portable across different XML parsers has been differences in the
>way they handle an exception thrown by a callback such as startElement.
>They vary in whether or not such an exception is notified to the
>ErrorHandler, and they vary in whether it re-emerges intact as an
>exception thrown by the parse() method or whether it gets wrapped in
>some other exception. The specs, of course, are very unspecific on such

That's a tricky one, and one I'm not yet testing for. My reading of 
the spec is that such exceptions should not be reported to the 
ErrorHandler. The ErrorHandler is only for the use of the parser. And 
if the client app wants its exceptions to show up in the errror 
handler it can always call those methods directly.

However, I also think that the parser should wrap any 
RuntimeException the application's ContentHandler throws in a 
SAXException. The parse method should not throw any exception except 
SAXException and IOException.

   Elliotte Rusty Harold
   Effective XML (Addison-Wesley, 2003)


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