SAX: Missing ESIS Information

David Megginson ak117 at
Thu Jan 8 15:07:45 GMT 1998

Peter Murray-Rust writes:

 > Suggest that you rephrase it as questions.  e.g. Q11 "Should SAX be
 > able to recreate an ESIS stream?" I'd want good evidence why. [One
 > reason could be that in that way one can easily compare the output
 > of parsers, and also compare it with nsgmls and other ESIS-aware
 > tools.]

You would find such a comparison surprisingly difficult, because the
order of attributes may vary and because different parsers will
divide character data into chunks differently.  For example, if you




Ælfred will deliver one chunk of character data:

  "\n\n\n <sample>text</sample>\n\n\n"

while another parser might deliver three:

  "\n <sample>text</sample>\n"

The same applies to expanded entities, character references, etc.

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117 at
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins at

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