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Re: ACTION-512 - Research getting line and column information from XPath

From: Sean Owen <srowen@google.com>
Date: Wed, 20 Jun 2007 12:14:56 -0400
Message-ID: <e920a71c0706200914p2549facvba5aa3124e03c884@mail.gmail.com>
To: public-mobileok-checker@w3.org

I suggest we go forward with this as a "good enough" solution for now.
After days of digging there just doesn't seem to be a clean way to
extract more than this out of a DOM. But I think this does enable
fairly easy access to line numbers from the source in XSLT and Java,
so we get fully half of what we wanted.

Thoughts on this -- other approaches?

On 6/20/07, Laura Holmes <holmes@google.com> wrote:
> Hi all,
> Here's the latest on line number info in Java:
> We've decided to implement a static method in DOMUtils that given any node
> will return the line number of that node in the original document. To do
> this, we're leveraging off of Saxon's DocumentBuilderFactoryImpl. When
> certain properties of this class are set, the basic Node is wrapped with
> information that includes the original line number. The subsequent method in
> DOMUtils called getNodeLineNumber(Node node) basically unwraps this
> information and returns the line number.
> This final implementation was decided upon after a few dead ends with Xerces
> and Saxon's TinyTree. Both offer a class of ElementImpl (or variation of
> that name) which contain a method called getLineNumber() and
> getColumnNumber(). However, after trying to implement these methods
> unsuccessfully, we learned that these methods were inherited from an
> interface and had remained unimplemented. After some more searching, it
> seems as if there are no other methods that we can use to get column number
> without some intense hacking on our side by possibly wrapping the nodes
> ourselves with this information.
> So, in the end, we have line number but no column number. I'm going to open
> this up for input and get some thoughts. If no one has any objections, I'll
> commit the changes soon.
> Cheers,
> Laura
Received on Wednesday, 20 June 2007 16:15:09 UTC

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