SAX Future

David Brownell db at Eng.Sun.COM
Tue Nov 17 19:26:57 GMT 1998

david at wrote:
>  > I think we can manage compatibility as follows:
>  > - We design 2.0 so that an application that conforms to SAX 1.0 also
>  > conforms to SAX 2.0
>  > - A standard wrapper round a SAX 1.0 parser should enable it to conform to
>  > SAX 2.0, providing null/default implementations of the new features where
>  > necessary. (E.g. the response to the question "are you a validating parser?"
>  > is "maybe").
> Yes, but how do we accomplish this?  Do we invent a new package name
> for SAX 1.0.1 to avoid collision?

At least for Java, there are rules (in the Java Language Specification
as I recall) defining how to do compatible evolution of interfaces.

Defining a new package name isn't necessary, but it can make the API
look and act a lot cleaner.

- Dave

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