A question of SAX specification

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Fri Oct 1 17:17:18 BST 1999

David Megginson scripsit:
> 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.

Yes, but it would have been nice to define whether the first column
in each line is column 1 or column 0, which is obviously the problem
above.  Ditto with line 1 or line 0.

John Cowan                                   cowan at ccil.org
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