What the ContentHandler Doesn t Tell You


What the ContentHandler Doesn't Tell You

The ContentHandler interface is designed to provide everything most applications need to know about an XML instance document. What it leaves out are things you rarely care about, although most of these are available through other callback interfaces discussed in the next chapter. These include

  • Comments, unskipped entities, and CDATA sections, all of which are available through the LexicalHandler interface

  • The names, public IDs, system IDs, and notations for unparsed entities; and the names , public IDs, and system IDs for notationsall of which are available through the DTDHandler interface

  • ELEMENT , ATTLIST , and parsed ENTITY declarations from the DTD, all of which are reported through the DeclHandler interface

  • Validity errors and other nonfatal errors, which are reported through the ErrorHandler interface

The only things that truly aren't available in SAX2, even after all optional extensions are included, are

  • The version, encoding, and standalone attributes from the XML declaration

  • (scheduled to be added in SAX 2.1)

  • Insignificant white space in tags and before and after the root element

  • The order of attributes

  • The type of quotes that surround attributes

  • Character references

  • Prenormalized attribute values

  • Whether an attribute was specified in the instance document or defaulted in from the DTD or schema

  • Whether empty elements are represented as < name ></ name > or < name />

  • Skipped entities in attribute values

The only common use case for most of this information would be an XML editor. Editors are quite strange beasts compared with most client applications, and they really require a custom parser and API. None of the standard APIs or parsers provide all of the information an editor needs.



Processing XML with Java. A Guide to SAX, DOM, JDOM, JAXP, and TrAX
Processing XML with Javaв„ў: A Guide to SAX, DOM, JDOM, JAXP, and TrAX
ISBN: 0201771861
EAN: 2147483647
Year: 2001
Pages: 191

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