SAX2/Java: Towards a final form

Stefan Haustein haustein at
Mon Jan 10 17:26:35 GMT 2000

>  > Is "no namespace" reported with a null or empty String (for
>  > interned Strings, the equals problem does not exist)?
> Empty string sounds like a reasonable suggestion when Namespace
> processing is being performed; null when it is not (so that a bugs in
> code will show up sooner).

To me, attrs.getValue ("", "href") looks strange, I would prefer 
attrs.getValue (null, "href"). But I could also live with the empty
I would not like if it is switchable, left to the parser, or both

>  > Can I assume that namespace URIs are always interned?
> That's a good question -- should SAX2 require that all names and
> Namespace URIs be interned (i.e. == to the results of
> java.lang.String.intern)?

I would suggest that only namespace interning is required: 
namespace URIs will be a small set of long strings, and
you do not meet them often while parsing. 
I think interning all names would slow down parsing too much (?). 

Best regards


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