SAX2: Namespace proposal

Richard Anderson rja at
Mon Dec 20 20:29:07 GMT 1999

My vote goes for this:

>   NamespaceDecl("foo","")
>   startElement("foo", "bar", atts)
>   characters("Hello, world!")
>   endElement("foo", "bar")

I've really not had time to follow the thread though, so I'd be grateful if
somebody could summize the pro/cons of the approaches suggested in some type
of article maybe ?

Certainly the above event stream would generally be faster to process as 1)
there would be fewer method calls 2) 9 times out of 10 the namespace prefix
used will be shorter than the full URL and therefore result in quicker
string comparions etc 3) would reduce tendancy of software 'so' hard wired
to given URIs

 > ...and you actually care that the foo and bar had different prefixes?
 > I'd find that really hard to believe.

I must have missed the point on this, but if foo and bar exist in both
namespaces then the prefixes are very very important.  (Well, at least the
namespaces they imply are important for reasons of semantics etc )



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