From: Michael Kay (M.H.Kay@eng.icl.co.uk) Date: Tue, 1 Sep 1998 10:10:01 +0100 Subject: ANN: New SAXON Release (3.03)
A new version of SAXON (3.03) is available for download at http://home.iclweb.com/icl2/mhkay/saxon.html.
SAXON is a java class library that sits on top of a SAX-compliant XML parser, providing additional services to aid document manipulation and transformation. In general it is designed to help you write applications that need to process a specific document type, rather than for general-purpose XML tools.
The distribution includes as a sample application DTDGenerator, a tool that takes an XML document as input and produces as output a DTD to which it conforms.
Principal changes in this version:
Improved mechanisms for performing multiple document passes when using the DOM
Improved ParserManager for controlling which SAX parser to use (now uses a Java properties file and incorporates a starter list of known parsers)
Updated to work (optionally) with Docuverse DOM-SDK.
(The previous unannounced version 3.01 worked with Free-DOM 3 and was on the web for fully three hours before Don Park announced the replacement of Free-DOM by DOM-SDK. Is this a record for software obsolescence?)
There are two classes included in SAXON which are free-standing and which can probably add value to any SAX application:
ParserManager, which allows you to maintain a list of
installed parsers and to control which one should be
ExtendedInputSource, which subclasses the SAX InputSource
class to allow a java File to be supplied as the XML source
Thanks to the correspondents, whose names I have forgotten, who suggested the improvements in this version.
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