[Q] How should SAX support Namespaces?

Ron Bourret rbourret at dvs1.informatik.tu-darmstadt.de
Mon Jul 20 15:04:14 BST 1998

Michael Kay wrote:

> My vote is definitely for (3), though (1) needs to be an
> option for compatibility.
> But rather than pass through the URN of the namespace in
> each call, I would pass an integer identifying it within the
> set of namespaces used in the document, with a separate
> function to map that to a URN.
> I guess people will also want to know the prefix used.
> Although the prefix is theoretically arbitrary, there are
> likely to be many conventional prefixes in use and
> applications may want to leave the prefix unchanged in an
> output document.

I strongly agree (3 with 1 for compatibility).  In addition to the two niceties 
Michael suggests, I would like the parser also to parse the namespace PIs.  Not 
only does this save all applications from writing the same code, parser writers 
probably already have low-level functions they can adapt/use for this purpose.  
The parser would use a separate callback (not processingInstruction) to return 
the namespace information.

-- Ron Bourret

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