SAX: Java Package org.xml.sax

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Wed Jan 7 16:55:30 GMT 1998

At 06:56 07/01/98 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>Jon Bosak writes:

> > I reserved for exactly the kind of public use being discussed
> > here and have no other plans for it.  The main idea was to prevent
> > someone from doing dumb things with the name; I had a vague idea that
> > it might be useful for standard DTDs or a root URN domain for XLinks

This would be extremely useful.  In searching for appropriate namespaces
for DTDs one has to latch onto some form of "organisation". I can see the
attraction of this for - say - CML (Chemical Markup Language) until perhaps
a learned society or other org takes over this role.

> > or something like that.  The domain does not correspond to any real
> > server at the moment; there isn't even a default email account.  But
> > if it's felt to be useful as a reserved piece of the DNS name space, I
> > would be happy to dedicate it to the use of the XML developer
> > community.
>I'd like to take the opportunity to thank both Jon Bosak and Tim Bray
>publicly for generously offering the use of their xml.* domain names
>for the Java implementation of SAX.  

I support this.  There clearly needs to be some filtering of what can be
put there and if XML-DEV can help with this we'd be very happy.

>Although in fact neither nor currently corresponds to
>any actual company or organisation, and both would have been
>appropriate choices, I think that on balance an *.org domain gives a
>greater _appearance_ of neutrality than a *.com domain, and even the
>mere appearance of neutrality is essential in a highly-politicised
>climate like the Java world: as a result, I propose that the Java
>implementation of SAX use the package "org.xml.sax":

I agree. There is an attraction in having something that is obviously
non-aligned. And there is always the possibility of more formal support later.


Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
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