SAX2 RFD: LexicalHandler draft v.1.1

David Megginson david at
Thu Mar 25 12:01:09 GMT 1999

Lars Marius Garshol writes:

 >     Ensure that all consecutive text is returned in a single callback to
 >     DocumentHandler.characters or DocumentHandler.ignorableWhitespace
 >     (true) or explicitly do not require it (false).
 > This is potentially problematic, since it's unspecified what the
 > parser should do about CDATA sections in this case. (I suspect we will
 > see more problems of this kind when we start using really using and
 > stacking filters.) Should they be normalized, or should they be
 > reported separately? (Ie: what is consecutive text, exactly?) The same
 > problem appears with entity boundaries and character references.

Thanks, Lars -- this is an excellent point.  I think that the
specification belongs, not with the normalize-text feature, but with
the LexicalHandler (since people may define other types of handlers
that we cannot predict).

 > Possible solutions:
 >  - reject normalize-text true if a LexicalHandler has been registered,
 >  and reject LexicalHandler registration if normalize-text has been set
 >  to true
 >  - make normalize-text have a logical interpretation by default, and
 >  switch to lexical if a LexicalHandler has been registered
 >  - make normalize-text always have a lexical interpretation
 >  - have separate normalize-text-logical and normalize-text-lexical
 >  events, with reject-behaviour for the first

The DOM's text-normalisation feature does *not* normalise CDATA
sections, but I think that SAX's should.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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