ModSAX: Proposed Core Features (heretical?)

David Megginson david at
Tue Mar 16 11:58:12 GMT 1999

Marc.McDonald at writes:

 > I would suggest that the application should specify the DTD that the 
 > document is parsed by. After all, the document is supposed to conform 
 > to the application so you shouldn't have the document define what it 
 > means to conform (i.e. the DTD to use).
 > Perhaps extend SAX so that there is an API to specify a DTD to 
 > override the documents?

If people want to experiment with this kind of thing, the API formerly 
known as SAX provides the framework they need to do it; however, I am
not willing to create core features to trigger non-conformant
behaviour, however good the case in its favour.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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