SAX2: Proposed alternative DTD interface

Ronald Bourret rbourret at
Sat Mar 27 20:43:31 GMT 1999

David Megginson wrote:

> It's worthwhile, perhaps, to ask whether there will be many XML
> applications that
> a) require a small footprint;
> b) need DTD information; and
> c) can use the information in a streaming format.

Point (c) is the one that gets me.  All the DTD-based applications I can 
think of eventually need a set of objects over the DTD because they are 
either analyzing the DTD or continually checking against it.

The only exception I can think of to this is Simon's validation routine in 
his layered parser, and he needs so much lexical information he's likely to 
be unhappy with an event-based DTD parser anyway.  (A quick and dirty fix 
would be to redefine validation to mean logical validation, not physical 

(By the way, can we change ContentParticle.isOmissible to isOptional?  I 
had to think a bit before I realized what isOmissible meant.)

-- Ron Bourret

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