ANNOUNCEMENT: Proposed SAX Revisions

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Sat Mar 21 12:54:13 GMT 1998

David G. Durand wrote:
 > Please, please, please, allow me a way to find out if an element was
 > "empty". (i.e. written <e/>). I use this information when I write DTDs, and
 > intend to continue doing so. I also know, from the long discussions in the
 > XML-SIG that I am not alone in using this syntax to represent a distinction
 > that I want preserved and detectable by applications.
Whatever the desirability of this - and I'm neutral - my understanding is
that currently the spec makes no distinction between <e></e> and </e>. IOW
documents differ only in the byte stream and not in the result of parsing.
An analogy is that
Lord's and Lord&apos;s
are completely equivalent. I therefore think it would be incorrect and
misleading for SAX to implement this - sorry.


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