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

David Megginson david at
Fri Feb 12 15:00:18 GMT 1999

Oren Ben-Kiki writes:

 > I know it is available - just as there are tools to build a DOM
 > tree from SAX events. I'd just like to see SAX being given an
 > official standing _within_ the DOM specs as "the" DOM visitor
 > interface. Ideally, SAX would be part of the DOM specs.

I'd be surprised to see that happen: not only are the two a little out
of sync on some of the fluff stuff (like CDATA section boundaries),
but all SAX callbacks would need an additional argument supplying a
pointer to the DOM node being visited.  It hardly makes sense to have

  startElement(String name, org.xml.sax.AttributeList atts)

when you could simply have

  startElement(org.w3c.dom.Element element)

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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