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

David Megginson ak117 at
Sun Jan 4 18:41:44 GMT 1998

Tim Bray writes:

 > Agreed.  Could we change the first method to
 > startDocument(String root, String DTDSysID, String DTDPubID)
 > these obviously each being null in the event the document doesn't
 > provide them? -Tim

This is a great idea, but it will require an implementation to queue
events.  For example, if I have

  <?foo bar?>
  <!DOCTYPE doc SYSTEM "doc.dtd">

I have to queue the PI event(s) until I have found the DOCTYPE, so
that I will know the root element type and the URI of the external
DTD.  If this information is important (and others have argued that it
is), then a separate docType() event would probably be appropriate.

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117 at
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins at

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