SAX2 and XSLT processors

Oren Ben-Kiki oren at
Wed May 19 11:50:00 BST 1999

I have raised this issue before, and somehow it didn't get very far. But I
feel that a standard API for XSLT processors , in the spirit of SAX, would
be very helpful.

One interesting way for doing it would be to build upon the SAX2 extension
mechanism, providing a standard SAX2 feature called and a write only property it
uses, called which takes an
InputSource value.

I like this approach since it meshes well with the SAX2 framework. Given
that XSLT processor writers will need to adapt their code to SAX2 anyway,
using this opportunity to get a standard API to such processors seems like a
good idea. The amount of work required seems pretty small, at least for an
XSLT processor which is already built on top of a SAX parser and produces
SAX events as the results - these are the only ones which should be
integrated into this framework, anyway.

There remains the question of how to obtain a SAX2 parser supporting XSLT -
say for example I have both XP and XT in my system, I'd expect XP to be the
default SAX parser. However this is an open question in the current SAX2
interface for all extensions, not just for XSLT, so we can wait until it
gets resolved in general.

David Megginson has started writing the SAX2 documentation, listing standard
features and properties (see How about
adding this feature there?

Share & Enjoy,

    Oren Ben-Kiki

xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev at
Archived as: and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1
To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo at the following message;
(un)subscribe xml-dev
To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo at the following message;
subscribe xml-dev-digest
List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa at

More information about the Xml-dev mailing list