SAX: ModSAX addition, general property query

David Megginson david at
Mon Mar 8 22:42:49 GMT 1999

MikeDacon at writes:

 > Why do you need a domain name in there?  I think one Parser/Filter
 > implementor would be loathe to implement another companies feature
 > name if it had or in it.  That was the chief
 > problem that developers had with Sun naming the Swing package
 > com.sun.swing.  

A neutral .org domain usually provides a nice way around that

 > Now, I understand the domain name being in there is a piggyback off
 > of DNS.  But, I still believe that functional features (of both
 > Parser and Filters) are a finite domain -- whereas the web is not.
 > That is why I don't see the correlation between this feature set
 > and XML namespaces.  If you agree that features and props are a
 > finite domain (and in the whole scheme of things a rather small
 > one), then a single naming tree should suffice.

I expect the number of features to grow slowly, but I do not think
that it is clearly bounded, especially not with all the XML-related
work going on right now.  A couple of years from now we could have
data-typing, digital signing, and who knows what else.

Furthermore, I do not want to have to set up my own registration
authority, and I do not want developers to have to wait for anyone to
approve their feature names before they can ship.

Thanks, and all the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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