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From: williamkempf_at_[hidden]
Date: 2001-09-25 08:01:04

--- In boost_at_y..., Marshall Clow <marshall_at_i...> wrote:
> At 12:33 PM +1000 9/25/01, Fisher; Damien Kaine wrote:
> >On Mon, 24 Sep 2001, Daryle Walker wrote:
> >
> >> on 9/24/01 7:29 PM, Jens Maurer at Jens.Maurer_at_g... wrote:
> >>
> >> > Damien Fisher wrote:
> >> >>
> >> >> Well...why isn't there an XML parser in boost?
> >> >
> >> > Because nobody has written one and offered it for inclusion
> >> > into boost. Feel free to do so.
> >>
> >> I was just thinking about this right before reading this
message. I heard
> >> that XML was supposed to be designed so a CS student could write
a parser
> >> within a week. (I guess this means just enough to check for
> >> files, and not validation nor all the whiz-bang stuff like XSL,
> >> Schema, XQuery, etc.)
> >>
> >> Let me think about this a little more....
> >
> >I disagree.
> >
> >Parsing a simple XML document is easy, and your right, a CS
student could
> >do it.
> >
> >But, as with all W3C specs, doing the whole thing is a little bit
> >messier. Maybe a 3rd year CS student's level :).
> >
> >The main problem is not that the coding is difficult - it is not.
But I
> >have never come across an XML parser whose interface I was really
> >with. They are all a little messy.
> >
> >The other thing is the "extra" stuff production XML parsers really
have to
> >include - XSLT transforms, etc. And these have to be pretty high
> >performance.
> >
> >I have done a lot of work with this stuff and I would be quite
> >in contributing to this if it goes ahead.
> I would be interested as well.
> Let's start with a description of the interface that people would
like to see.
> Let's nail that down first.
> P.S. After saying that, I have to point out that I will be
unavailable from
> now until next Monday. ;-) I'll be happy to participate then.

No matter how ugly you think the interface is, any successful parser
is going to have to include the interfaces for the two current
standard interfaces: DOM and SAX. Including a third interface that's
easier to deal with for simple chores may be a great idea, but we
really do need the standards.

Bill Kempf

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