SAX drivers bug ... or feature !

david at david at
Sat Nov 21 19:08:27 GMT 1998

Toivo Lainevool writes:

 > If your worried about the performance of the parser, just setting
 > the attributeList to null would be faster than doing the
 > AttributeListImpl::clear() which would cause a removeAllElement()
 > on each of the underlying member vectors.  If your cranking away
 > with the parser, chances are the low priority gc task wouldn't be
 > fired while your doing this, unless you hit your memory limit.

You're confusing AttributeListImpl with AttributeList -- AttributeList
is an interface, not a class.  While AttributeListImpl is available
for those who want it (such as a client program that needs to copy a
few attribute lists), most SAX drivers provide a more efficient
implementation, which is often an adapter of the parser's own, native

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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