Endtag attributes

david at megginson.com david at megginson.com
Tue Nov 10 23:54:28 GMT 1998

Anders W. Tell writes:

 > So adding an attributes at the end allows the developers to keep a
 > pure stream programming model without sacrificing performance.

Yes, but what you save in the writing, you lose in the reading: a SAX
client reading your XML element would have to buffer the whole
contents until it got to the end tag to make certain that there were
no important attributes there.

A specific version of a specific XML document is written only once,
but it can be read many times; when you are forced to choose between
adding complexity to writing or reading, writing should end up drawing
the shorter straw.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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