[FoRK] Alternatives to XML config files... a hack

Stephen D. Williams sdw at lig.net
Fri Feb 25 09:37:34 PST 2005

You want a version that handles all reasonable file types automatically 
by inspection.
Both DOM-style and event style methods need to be supported.

This is one way that I will add support for esXML to things, but I still 
have my own esDOM API for real permance as both DOM and SAX methods are 


Ken Meltsner wrote:

>Interesting trick.  The replaceable scanner idea's not new, but the
>last one I saw replaced the SAX parser:
>"It turns out that writing a SAX parser is quite easy (our examples
>use SAX 2). All a SAX parser does is read an XML file top to bottom
>and fire event notifications as various elements are encountered. In
>our custom parser, we will read the CSV file top to bottom, firing SAX
>events as we read the file. A program listening to those SAX events
>will not realize that the data file is CSV rather than XML; it sees
>only the events. ..."
>Now, you need to write a version that reads Windows-style .ini files...
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