Announcement: SAX2 1999-06-01 alpha release for Java

David Megginson david at
Mon Jun 21 15:07:53 BST 1999

Miles Sabin writes:

 > Is there any chance of us changing that? How about an
 > alternative start tag reporting interface which reports,
 >   startOpenElement(String name);
 >   startAttribute(String name);
 >   attributeCharacters(char[] chars, int off, int len);
 >   endAttribute(String name);
 >   endOpenElement(String name);

The trouble is that this would benefit relatively few people and make
life harder for all the rest.  The more we discuss these issues, the
more I think that SAX shouldn't try to be all things to all people --
perhaps we should let the 'S' continue to stand for 'Simple', and
target only the 80% (or 98%, more likely) who care mainly about the
Holy Trinity of elements, attributes, and character data.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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