Why SAX needs namespace support

david at megginson.com david at megginson.com
Wed Jan 27 11:56:19 GMT 1999

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.
 > > 
 > >   parser.setOption("http://xml.org/sax/features/validation", true);
 > >   parser.setOption("http://xml.org/sax/features/namespaces", false);
 > >   
 > I'm all for fully qualified names, but I don't see why we should repeat the
 > error of using "http://" names for things that are not accessible via the
 > HTTP protocol. What's wrong with
 > "org.xml.sax.option.validation"?

That's fine for Java, but since it's based on DNS anyway, why develop
a general solution that uses a slightly different notation?

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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