Why SAX needs namespace support

Ronald Bourret rbourret at ito.tu-darmstadt.de
Wed Jan 27 09:53:08 GMT 1999

David Megginson wrote:

> Michael.Kay at icl.com writes:
>  > Perhaps a setOption(option, flag) interface would be more extensible.
> I could live with this, but only if the options were namespace
> qualified, i.e.
> [examples snipped]
> Do people like this?  I was almost afraid to suggest it...

I prefer this.  Once you start down the options path, there's no telling 
where it will end, even if you have a very big stick for fighting off all 
the options people want.  set/getOption at least has the virtue of being 
forward-compatible -- on any option it doesn't recognize, setOption fails 
and getOption returns false.  Also, are all options true/false?  If not, 
the option value should be Object, not Boolean.

-- Ron Bourret

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