SAX2: DTDDeclHandler (minimalist position)

David Megginson david at
Tue Mar 30 04:45:51 BST 1999

roddey at writes:

[on using type-safe objects rather than integers as Java constants]

 > It does no good at all to have a named constant if you can
 > accidentally pass that named constant to 150 other things for which
 > its not intended and the compiler cannot catch it. Its a
 > fundamental lacking in Java that makes me shudder to think that
 > people actually want to do serious work in it.

Yes, but it's also no good having a named constant that you cannot use
in a switch statement.  Unfortunately, Java is broken here, and you
have to choose one side or another

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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