ModSAX: Proposed Core Features

Duffy, Bruce Bruce.Duffy at
Thu Mar 11 16:47:20 GMT 1999

Hi folks,

One feature I'd really like to see is a Locator.getByteOffset()
method.  Obviously this feature would have to be optional, since not
all XML inputs are indexable files.

James Clark's non-SAX API for XP implements this method for startElement(),
but not for the characters() callback, which unfortunately is exactly what
I need it for.  I could hack XP or another parser, but I'd much rather work
within the context of SAX.

One name for such a feature is:
	(true) means getByteOffset() is supported for startElement,
	endElement, and character callbacks.  (false) means it is not
	supported for those callbacks.

Alternatively, if there's some reason why this feature is a Bad Idea,
I'd like to know why!


	Bruce Duffy
	West Group

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