SAX: New Idea for Entity Resolution

James Clark jjc at
Sat Apr 18 04:50:51 BST 1998

David Megginson wrote:

> * Both Byte and Character streams
>   Pro: - keeps everyone happy
>   Con: - requires more interfaces
>        - requires another method in the Parser interface
>        - requires a new SAX class encapsulating a ByteStream and its
>          recommended encoding (or perhaps the ByteStream interface
>          will have a getEncoding() method)
>        - will greatly complicate the EntityResolver mechanism (the
>          application will need to be able to return a byte stream _or_
>          a character stream -- how could I handle this?)

You could just have a class that encapsulates a structure with three

- a CharacterStream
- a ByteStream
- a String

At least one of the CharacterStream and ByteStream must be non-null. If
the ByteStream is non-null the String can specify the encoding.


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