sax2: cdata, characters and ignorable whitespace

David Megginson david at
Tue Jan 4 14:08:16 GMT 2000

Stefan Haustein <haustein at> writes:

> If sax2 shall report cdata boundaries also, 
> wouldn't be the simples solution to integrate 
> ignoreableWhitespace, characters and cdata 
> into one DocumentHandler callback method:
> void characters (int type, char [] characters, int start, int length);
> The value of the type parameter is one of 
> the integer constants IGNORABLE_WHITESPACE, 

It has two major disadvantages:

1. Characters in CDATA really are normal characters in the XML
   definition, and the fact that they're in a CDATA section is just
   noise for most apps (and doesn't belong in the core

2. People who do care about CDATA sections might be unhappy to have
   two consecutive CDATA sections collapsed into one.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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