Announcement: SAX 1.0gamma

David Megginson ak117 at
Sat May 2 02:47:35 BST 1998

Implementors have requested more time to test SAX 1.0 before it
becomes final.

There will be no additional changes other than bug fixes; however,
since bugs have required several minor changes already, and since the
final, official, righteous SAX 1.0 version might still be a week or
more away, in the interest of openness I have uploaded SAX 1.0gamma (I
don't like "beta2") to the following (new) URL:

(The final SAX 1.0 will be mirrored at as well).

The latest JavaDoc is also available online.  SAX is changing very
little now, and it is probably safe to start basing implementations on
it, as long as you're ready for a little tweaking.  Here are the (very
minor) changes since 1.0beta:

Interface Changes

- bug fix: changed parameter to Parser.setLocale() to java.util.Locale
  (a single string is insufficient)

- bug fix: added default constructor to InputSource, to simplify

- bug fix: removed "extends IOException" from InputSource (it was
  retained accidentally from an earlier revision)

- bug fix: in the ParserFactory helper class, used
  "org.xml.sax.parser" instead of "sax.parser" for the system property

Documentation Changes

- doc fix: clarify that attributes in AttributeList are zero-indexed

- doc fix: clarify that Parser objects are non-re-entrant but reusable

- doc fix: clarify that the parser should never modify the InputSource
  provided by the application

- doc fix: clarify that the parser should not deliver the endDocument
  event until EOF or a non-recoverable error

- moved sample drivers to com.megginson.sax package

All the best,


David Megginson                 ak117 at
Microstar Software Ltd.         dmeggins at

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