SAX2: Should SAXException extend IOException?

David Megginson david at
Thu Dec 23 17:10:49 GMT 1999

Stefan Haustein writes:

 > > Well, that's really domain-specific.  It could be that a handler in an
 > > XML I/O library does additional I/O (such as retrieving an external
 > > bitmap) which, from the top-level application's point of view, is
 > > still part of the same I/O process.
 > > 
 > What about SAXException extends RuntimeException, wouldn't that also
 > solve the problem?

I don't think that it's fair to cast an XML parsing error as a
RuntimeException -- it's a common enough problem, and application
writers need to know to catch it.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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