Java-based XML Parsers

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Sat May 2 18:32:05 BST 1998

Thanks very much David,

At 11:25 02/05/98 -0400, David Megginson wrote:
>Peter Murray-Rust writes:
>I have managed to use 1.8 (I think) out of the box on my notebook, and
>have taken the SAX driver as far as I can.  I don't know if it's "pure
>Java", but it certainly didn't break under Linux.

Thanks - glad to hear this - there was discussion at one stage about
MS-specific classes.
>There are several serious and well-known bugs in the current version
>of MSXML that make it unreliable for production use (such as bogus
>validation errors, the failure to report defaulted attribute values
>and badly broken entity management); however, since future versions of
>MSXML will probably ship with MSIE, MSXML has a very strong
>distribution channel and deserves attention.  It might be be
>worthwhile to plan to support it when Microsoft has a chance to go
>back and finish development.

Thanks. If this is the case (and I trust David's accuracy) I would not feel
it appropriate to  offer it as part of the currently planned JUMBO-CDROM.
(I shall try to make sure that all parsers give 'the same results' - at
least for my examples). However I would certainly wish to support MSXML in
the future (assuming the distribution policy allows me to.) Any further
clarification from MS would be welcome - I certainly don't want to
undervalue the role that it plays.

> > IBM:
>IBM's XML for Java shipped with a SAX driver for the January draft
>(thanks, guys), and they included SAX 1.0 compliance on the time line
>during their presentation at the XML Developers' Day in Seattle.  You
>should probably watch this one closely.

I downloaded it just before I got your mail :-) and shall hack this evening.
[I haven't looked at the distribution conditions yet.]
>XML for Java does provide DTD information and even guided authoring
>(though I haven't tested those features), and again, it runs under
>Linux JDK 1.1.5.

Excellent. Any info from IBM about timescales for SAX1.0 would be most

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