ANN: DOMParser

Tyler Baker tyler at
Thu Sep 17 22:39:33 BST 1998

John Cowan wrote:

> Tyler Baker wrote:
> > Wouldn't this be better titled as a DOM Builder and a DOM Writer?
> I don't see why.  DOMParser is a SAX parser, just like any other,
> except that instead of reading an XML source file, it walks a DOM.
> It does not build a DOM, nor does it write anything.
> There is a similar module in SAXON, I believe, but not packaged as
> a SAX parser.

Sorry my confusion lies in that parsing refers to taking data of one unmanageable
form and converting it into a manageable form.  In other words, you cannot do
anything useful with an XML document until you parse it, all it is a set of bytes
that follow a particular pattern.  Parsing a DOM tree is an oxymoron IMHO unless
you are converting the DOM tree into some other tree.  I guess I would have to
take a closer look at what you have.  From second glance it seems as if what you
have are utility methods for searching and sorting a DOM tree.  In this case you
would have a DOM Manager...


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