Sorting out org.xml.sax.AttributeList

Michael Kay M.H.Kay at
Mon Mar 2 10:08:27 GMT 1998

>  package org.xml.sax;
>  public interface NameList {
>    public abstract int getLength ();
>    public abstract int getIndex (String name);
>    public abstract String getName (int index);
>  }
>  public interface AttributeList extends NameList {
>    public abstract String getType (int index);
>    public abstract String getValue (int index);
>  }

1. Please could we retain the convenient
public String getValue (String name);

2. I thought the consensus was that getType should return an integer,
possibly a bit-significant set of flags?
>For notations...
>Unparsed entities...

At present this all leaves me rather cold because no-one has yet convinced
me of the value of using these XML facilities versus simple
application-level conventions like <IMAGE FILE="abc.jpeg"/>. I'm open to
persuasion; but if we need to provide these things, we must make sure they
do not add overhead for users who don't think they need to use them.

Mike Kay

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