A question of SAX specification

David Megginson david at megginson.com
Fri Oct 1 15:24:57 BST 1999

Toshimitsu Suzuki <tsuzu at flab.fujitsu.co.jp> writes:

> I have a question the behavier of getColumnNumber in Locator.  I
> want to get the end position of some xml
> fragment(ie.<element>content</element>) in startElement().  But, one
> SAX parser replies the end tag's ">", another SAX parser replies
> "c".  Which is correct?

The idea of Locator was simply to help get a user close to an error in
a document: exactly how it works is deliberately unspecified, mainly
to keep life easy for parser writers (since different parsers use
different tokenization and look-ahead schemes).  Locator is not
designed to let you extract text strings from the original document.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

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