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----- Original Message -----
From: "Elliotte Rusty Harold" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: "Karl Waclawek" <email@example.com>
Cc: <firstname.lastname@example.org>; <email@example.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 09, 2004 10:27 AM
> At 8:01 PM -0500 3/8/04, Karl Waclawek wrote:
> >> I'm not sure what this program is supposed to demonstrate. One of the
> >> conclusions I think we're reaching is that if a client supplied
> >> method such as startDocument() throws an exception, then endDocument
> >> (and fatalError()) are not called.
> I thought this when this discussion started, but I've been convinced
> otherwise since then. There are just too many different exceptions a
> client can throw for too many different reasons, including not only
> SAXExceptions but many RuntimeExceptions and even errors, some of
> which (ArrayIndexOutOfBoundsException, OutOfMemoryError) may be
> unintentional and the result of program bugs.
Or intentional exceptions based on application logic.
The XML document may be well-formed and even valid, but from the
client's point of view it could still be in error.
> The model is cleaner
> if the ErrorHandler is reserved for errors defined in the XML
> specification. And according to the JavDoc, this is what it does now.
> For the fatalError() method it says, "This corresponds to the
> definition of 'fatal error' in section 1.2 of the W3C XML 1.0
> Recommendation. For example, a parser would use this callback to
> report the violation of a well-formedness constraint."
> It doesn't say that fatalError cannot be called for other, client
> generated exceptions, but there doesn't seem to be any text at all
> indicating that they could be.
Yes, I always thought that application erros should not be reported
through the error handlers. I was just not sure if maybe the docs
allowed or favoured it.
So what is the agreement about EndDocument() now?
I am not sure I got it. Is it as simple as this:
endDocument() must always be called once startDocument() was called,
even after a fatal error was reported, unless XMLReader.parse()
returned with an exception.
Would that be it?