Steve Ball Steve.Ball at
Mon Jan 31 11:57:20 GMT 2000

Dear Charles,

On XML-DEV you wrote:
> Naturally, we're working on an XML parser.  We've started writing one from
> scratch, but I was wondering if there's something out there that we can use
> as a good starting point for our commercial, cross-platform product?

If others haven't already told you, don't bother reinventing
the wheel.  There are already literally dozens of XML parsers
now available for a variety of languages and platforms.
Do you require a validating or non-validating parser?

As far as cross-platform parsers go, there are the many Java-based
parsers.  I have written a couple of parsers for the Tcl scripting
language (itself a cross-platform environment) which many different
people are using in many ways.

Firstly, there's TclExpat - a wrapper for James Clark's expat
XML parser.  Also there's TclXML, a XML parser written entirely
in Tcl - slow, but some people seem to like it %-}  Both of these
are Open Source and may be (and are) used in commercial apps.

Hope that helps,
Steve Ball

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