DOM vs. SAX??? Nah. (was RE: Storing Lots of Fiddly Bits (was Re: What is XML for?)

David Megginson david at
Thu Feb 11 11:35:25 GMT 1999

keshlam at writes:

 > There's nothing wrong with SAX (though it too needs another turn of
 > the evolutionary crank, in my opinion), but SAX is a stream rather
 > than a model. The two really aren't in competition with each other
 > any more than sed is in competition with vi -- they're each good in
 > their own target domain, and there are even times when using one to
 > generate the other is the right answer.

Wow!  I hadn't been following this thread, and had no idea that there
was a DOM vs. SAX flame war going on.  Very cool.

While I believe that some flame wars are justified -- Emacs really is
better than vi, Java really is better than C++, Linux really is better
than Windows, and my Border Collie really is better than anyone's Jack
Russell Terrier, all on objective and clearly verifiable grounds -- in
this case I agree with both of Joe's points:

1. SAX and DOM are complementary
2. SAX and DOM both need a little more work

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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