DOM - Creating Documents

Ronald Bourret rbourret at
Thu Apr 22 13:57:36 BST 1999

John Cowan wrote:

> Unless, of course, you are clever enough to encapsulate it so
> it only has to appear once --- as is standard practice in dealing
> with nonstandard extensions anyway.

OK, let's assume I am that clever -- a topic always open to debate.  It 
looks like I've got the following options for creating DOM documents in 
Java.  Comments/questions:

1) Docuverse requires you to pass a string, presumably the root element 
type.  I assume the reason for this is so that the returned Document will 
represent a well-formed document. None of the other implementations appear 
to require this.

2) Is it really not possible to create a new Document with IBM's classes? 
 I can't find a method for doing it.

3) Am I missing any Java DOM packages?

-- Ron Bourret

DOM Document Creation Methods

   DOM.createDocument(String type)  // returns Document
   DOMFactory.createDocument(DOM dom, String type) // interface. 
implemented by DefaultFactory, PrototypeFactory, HTMLFactory

IBM (xml4j):
   not possible?

Microsoft/Datachannel:  // implements Document

   DOMFactory.createDocument(Class docClass)

   XMLDocument()  // implements Document
   NodeFactory.createDocument()  // returns XMLDocument

   XMLDocument() // implements Document

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