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Subject: Re: DOCBOOK-APPS: RE: XML catalog resolution problems

At 10:12 2002 11 08 -0800, Bob Stayton wrote:
>I had some further correspondence with Norm about
>this problem.  It turns out that relative system ids
>can't be resolved by the Java resolver classes because
>they never even see them in their original form.
>He explained that the SAX API resolves a relative system id
>such as "docbookx.dtd" as relative to the document's
>directory.  The SAX API changed "docbookx.dtd" to
>in the parsing stage.  That's why the resolver reports:
>instead of:
>He says there is no hook for the resolver classes to get
>the original "docbookx.dtd" string for the resolver to
>look up in the catalog.  He says he argued against this
>behavior at the time, but lost.

To put a sharper point on it, SAX is broken.  When Norm
tried to explain why and have it fixed, whoever all gets
to make the decision decided to leave SAX broken.  It's
a real shame.

There are tools (that don't use SAX to resolve external
entities) that do work correctly.


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