[jdom-interest] DOMOutputter and other thoughts

Kevin Regan kevinr at valicert.com
Sun Jun 11 18:17:42 PDT 2000

I've been taking a look at the DOMOutputter class
and it seems that this will need to take a
org.w3c.dom.DOMImplementation rather than a
org.w3c.dom.Document.  A couple of other issues are present:

1) There is no way to implement the Document.getElementById() method
   in the DOM -- there seems to be no support for or recognition of

2) Even if #1 was implemented, there does not seem to be any way to
   access ID information directly from a DOM tree (without additional
   DTD knowledge).  Therefore, ID information can not be moved from
   a DOM to a JDOM.

3) Do we want to handle CDATASections from DOM in some way, or simply
   pass the text over as a String in JDOM?

One other thought, just a pie-in-the-sky idea, was to have the
JDOM classes implement the DOM interface so that they could be
used directly by DOM applications:


-- Could use the JDOM in places where a DOM is called for.


-- More coding needed.
-- Larger jdom.jar footprint.

I'm not sure if this is a good idea.  I just thought I would
throw it out and get some opinions...


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