SAX: org.xml.sax.AttributeMap

Sean Mc Grath digitome at
Wed Feb 25 13:42:56 GMT 1998

[Toby Speight]
>We're returning one of a bounded, known set of values.  I'd prefer to
>use an int for this type of thing, along with a set of constants.
>    public abstract String getType (int index);
>    public static final int CDATA = 0;
>    public static final int NMTOKEN = 1;
>    // etc.
>The only advantage a String has over this is that you can meaningfully
>present it to the user as it is.  A disadvantage of String is that it is
>computationally expensive to compare for equality (or equivalently, and
>worse, to switch() on it).

If ints are going to be used, lets use values that can
be bit-twiddled.

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