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Subject: Re: [boost] [GSOC] XML library of Boost
From: Marshall Clow (mclow.lists_at_[hidden])
Date: 2013-04-28 16:53:00

On Apr 28, 2013, at 12:11 PM, Andrey Semashev <andrey.semashev_at_[hidden]> wrote:

> On Monday 29 April 2013 02:08:01 Amos Ji wrote:
>> Hi All,
>> I'm a graduate student from Fudan University in China. And I hope to
>> contribute some code to Boost during the GSOC.
>> I've scanned the idea page. The ideas in the page are all very interesting
>> and challenging. But what I'm interested in most is XML library, which is
>> at the bottom of page. I think the XML format is the most popular standard
>> for storing information so it's important for Boost to have a good XML
>> library.
> Agreed, a good and fast XML library would be most useful.

Yes, yes, please. I would add "with a good native C++ interface".

Get the interface right first.

>> In my opinion, an XML parser must be able to do these things:
>> 1. To Iterate over DOM nodes tree;
>> 2. To access the values of nodes and their attributes quickly;
>> 3. To insert or delete nodes or attribute of an exact node easily;
>> 4. To generate new XML from the structure which stores XML in the
>> library.
> IMHO, support for SAX is also mandatory. I would even say that SAX should be
> the first and the primary thing to be implemented in Boost.XML, as DOM can be
> added later on top of it if the time for GSOC allows.
> You also listed support for encodings in the optional features. I agree with
> it being optional with exception for Unicode. At least UTF-8 should be
> supported from the very start. But that should not be a problem now that we
> have Boost.Locale.

I am looking forward to seeing your design.

-- Marshall

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