SAX 1.0beta: Three bugs so far

James Clark jjc at
Fri May 1 13:32:44 BST 1998

David Megginson wrote:

> BUG #2: Parser.setLocale takes only one String argument
>    As will quickly become apparent, I am not an expert in
>    localisation.  I have discovered that localisation requires both a
>    language code _and_ a country code, so I have changed the interface
>    prototype to
>      public abstract void setLocale (String language, String country)
>        throws SAXException;
>    Does this look correct?  Would people prefer that I use the
>    java.util.Locale class?

I would prefer java.util.Locale:

  setLocale(java.util.Locale locale)

is the standard Java pattern. Since Java also provides a 3-argument
variant of the Locale constructor, I don't think setLocale(String
language, String country) is sufficient.


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