[jdom-interest] Question about JDOMResult and usage with XMLReader

Laurent Bihanic laurent.bihanic at atosorigin.com
Tue Jul 30 07:48:00 PDT 2002

Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
> Hmmm, looking at the API docs I think this is a flaw in JDOM, not TrAX 
> DOMResult and SAXResult do not assume they get a full document back from 
> the transform. JDOMResult does. This is a mistaken assumption.

DOMResult can indeed return a DocumentFrangment but I do not agree with you 
for SAXResult: It is configured with a ContentHandler and the javadoc for 
ContentHandler states: "Receive notification of the logical content of *a* 
document". Thus, SAXResults should not accept document fragments and 
JDOMResult extends SAXResult.

 > The List would contain the result of the transformation, which might be
 > a single Document object or might be several element and text objects,
 > or something else. I'm not sure what internal changes might be required
 > here to support this. Possibly, JDOMResult would need to use a different
 > ContentHandler; not SAXHandler. SAXHandler is designed for parsing an
 > input document which is known to be well-formed. That is not the case here.

That could be done by subclassing SAXHandler and having a pre-allocated dummy 
root element. The main problem would then be to decide what the result 
actually is: If the transformation returns a list of node, no problem; but if 
a single element iss returned, should we return a Document or an Element? Is 
there something in the XSLT spec to help distinguish between these 2 cases?


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