SAX and DTDHandler

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Mar 3 16:28:16 GMT 1999

MikeDacon at wrote:

> My primary question is will SAX allow me to parse a DTD?
> It doesn't seem so.  DTDHandler only handles unparsed Entity declarations
> (like binary data) and Notation declarations.  If it is the case that SAX does
> not
> parse DTDs due to the fact that it does not want to perform validation then
> why bother with the above two cases?

Remember that SAX is a front-end to various parsers with various
philosophies, validating (XML4J), non-validating but external-entity-
reading (Aelfred), non-validating and document-entity-only (XP).

SAX provides methods, for parsers that wish to do so, to report on
declared notations and unparsed entities, since these features
provide actual extensions to the basic element/attribute model.
Element and attribute list declarations cannot be reported through
SAX, since they are reckoned inessential.

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