Storing application state as XML

David David at
Wed Jun 23 19:24:19 BST 1999

> From: Steve Kearon <stevek at>

> When opening a file, we tolerate quite a lot (eg someone could add
> attributes/elements that we'll ignore).

	Various issues can arise when you modify
a class, then try to deserialize objects stored by the 
earlier version. So the decision to ignore unknown attributes 
can become important later on. Have a look at Java Serialisation 
and see how they address it.

				David Byrden

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