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From Peter Donald <>
Subject Re: Content in tags
Date Sat, 09 Dec 2000 01:57:49 GMT
At 09:34  8/12/00 +0100, Stefan Bodewig wrote:
>>>My first thought was to enforce order here - force the user to
>>>always add the child elements first for example - but I realize that
>>>you cannot constrain the order for elements with mixed content. You
>>>cannot do that in a DTD but we could make that a rule in Ant, though
>>>I'm not sure the XML parser would expose this to Ant.
>> You can force order by just throwing a SAXException in the handler
>> thats not a problem but that approach feels very unnatural to me.
>Sure? AFAIK, it is not defined whether characters() will be invoked
>once for all content or several times, that's why I'm not sure you'd
>recognize whether content came before or after child elements.

well its the way the parser I use behaves ;) Heres the documentation from
SAX ContentHandler (SAX2) so I assume that in SAX2 at least it is true.
Thou I would expect it to be or else you would have difficulty using it for
HTML DOM implementations.

     * <p>The Parser will call this method to report each chunk of
     * character data.  SAX parsers may return all contiguous character
     * data in a single chunk, or they may split it into several
     * chunks; however, all of the characters in any single event
     * must come from the same external entity so that the Locator
     * provides useful information.</p>


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