SAX: Document Start and End (question 1 of 10)

Sean Mc Grath digitome at
Sat Jan 3 16:22:55 GMT 1998

At 09:47 03/01/98 -0500, you wrote:
>[SAX is a proposal for a simple, event-based XML API, using
>callbacks.  This is one in a series of ten design questions that we
>need to answer to implement the API.]
>In addition to the core events, should SAX have additional callbacks
>for the start and end of a document?
>  public startDocument ()
>  public endDocument ()

I vote yes. The initialisation/cleanup argument in favour is, I think,

>Should either of the events take arguments?  For example, the
>startDocument event handler could take Strings giving the public ID
>(if any) and URI of the document,

Sounds good.

> and the endDocument event handler
> could take integers giving the number of errors and warnings:

What about fatal errors? After the first of these, unprocessed
data (intermingled character data and markup) may be communicated
to the application for debugging purposes. What channel does it
go through?

Sean Mc Grath
sean at digitome dot com

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