Announcing XML4C2, finally :-)

roddey at roddey at
Tue Apr 27 20:23:23 BST 1999

Ok, now I can actually talk about it...

The new XML4C2 XML parser is now up on Alphaworks. This is its first public
viewing, so bear that in mind; however, its actually quite far along since
it draws on a good bit of previous experience. It is a totally optimized
for C++ implementation which just happens to quite closely mimic the public
APIs of the Java version (the 2.x version I mean), making it pretty easy to
move your exprience between the two. It has SAX and DOM APIs, as well as an
internal event API out of the scanner which can be used as well if you
really need very loseless information. It handles lots of encodings, using
IBM's ICU subsystem.

Like the Java version, flexibility and scalability have been favored over
ultra-blazing speed. But its still a quite reasonable performer.
Particuarly in the e-bidness area it is far quicker for fast up/parser/down
cycles needed by DB stored procedures, and other servery oriented
processing of small transaction type documents. This version only has
support for file:// URLs, with either no host or 'localhost'. That will be
fixed in an upcoming version.

Right now it has pretty much the same license as the Java version and the
source code is not available; however, keep an eye out over the next weeks
for a potentially important change in that area.

So please check it out and provide comments to the address provided in the
docs. We know that there are some problems, but we still want to hear any
feedback since its always possible that we don't about some particular

Its at: and should be in the "new stuff" area for a
while since its just arrived there.

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