SAX2: Namespace proposal

David Megginson david at
Tue Dec 21 18:51:45 GMT 1999

David Brownell <david-b at> writes:

> > Yeah, I do too, but so many people (some from big companies) have
> > sworn up and down on every holy book in Creation that they need that
> > kind of thing -- and managed to convince the DOM WG to include it in
> > DOM2 -- that I simply have to assume myself (and Tim) wrong.
> It's the distinction between new code and old code.  XML isn't a
> "clean slate" design any more, it's got to deal with some history.
> One of them is that a DOM L2 implementation MUST NOT (!!!) break
> existing applications -- L2 is there to add features, not sacrifice
> compatibility.

That misses Tim's original argument, though -- he was arguing that
people who don't want Namespace processing can use SAX1, and people
who want it can use SAX2, and wondered (aloud) why there would be
anyone who would need both in the same API.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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