SAX2-beta (2000-01-28)

David Megginson david at
Fri Jan 28 20:07:21 GMT 2000

Miles Sabin <msabin at> writes:

> Hmm ...

> I _really_ don't like the way that the SAX1 and SAX2 stuff is 
> all mixed up together, particularly since most of SAX1 is 
> deprecated.

Of the core classes and interfaces, only Parser, AttributeList,
DocumentHandler, and HandlerBase (which is really a helper anyway) are
deprecated.  All of the rest -- InputSource, Locator, EntityResolver,
DTDHandler, ErrorHandler, SAXException, and SAXParseException -- are
left untouched.

> Like it or not SAX2 is a completely new API, so why not leave SAX1
> untouched (ie. no @deprecated's) and have a completely fresh
> org.xml.sax2.* tree?

Actually, most of it is the same.  For the C++ implementation,
obviously, we won't bother with the deprecated interfaces and classes.

> And I still think there needs to be a SAX2 equivalent of 
> ParserFactory ... bizarrely it's easier to create a SAX1
> Parser in an implementation independent way than it is to do 
> the same for an XMLReader. A couple of people volunteered to 
> try out the XMLReaderImplementations stuff I put together, and 
> hopefully they'll be able to give some feedback on it to this 
> list.

I haven't ruled out putting something in before SAX2 goes final, but
it has to be very small and very simple.

Thanks for the comments, and all the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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