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Re: DOM L2 comments, various

From: David Brownell <david-b@pacbell.net>
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 14:47:25 -0700
Message-ID: <37EE946D.3B5C4818@pacbell.net>
To: www-dom@w3.org
David Brownell wrote:
>         * I still don't see why there's no solution for getting access
>           to a system default DOM implementation, at least for Java.
>           I'm posting an implementation in a followup post.  I'd like
>           to see something like this in the org.w3c.dom Java package.

And here it is.  It's licensed under a version of QPL; see my XML page
at http://home.pacbell.net/david-b/xml/ for details.  It looks quite
a lot like the SAX ParserFactory API, but specifically permits vendors
to provide proprietary guts to the one method (that static method is
still just an interface, but it plugs one bootstrapping hole :-).

- Dave

 * Copyright (c) 1999 by David Brownell.  All Rights Reserved.
 * This program is open source software; you may use, copy, modify, and
 * redistribute it under the terms of the LICENSE with which it was
 * originally distributed.
 * This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful,
 * but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of
 * LICENSE for more details.

package org.brownell.xml;

import java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException;
import org.w3c.dom.DOMImplementation;

 * <p>Instantiates a DOMImplementation object, according to system defaults
 * or a user-specified implementation choice.  When used with the current
 * <a href="http://www.w3.org/TR/1999/WD-DOM-Level-2-19990923/"> DOM
 * Level 2</a> draft specification, this means that Java applications
 * can both use DOM and also be completely portable, with no requirement
 * to use proprietary APIs when bootstrapping DOM.  (Except when parser
 * connectivity is required; see below.) </p>
 * <p> This class is not part of the language-independent definition of
 * DOM.  It addresses an issue which is specific to its Java binding,
 * namely the need to have a vendor-independent bootstrapping API.  Any
 * vendor-specific issues may be encapsulated through changes to the
 * implementation of one static method.  </p>
 * <p> Note that DOM Level 2 has no way to populate DOM Document objects
 * by parsing their text forms.  Some separate mechanism is still required
 * to connect a DOM implementation to an XML or HTML processor ("parser").
 * Also, because DOM includes APIs that provide read-only access to some
 * facilities without including the capability to write them, such parts
 * of DOM still remain accessible only through use of proprietary APIs.
 * (Much DTD-related functionality is so constrained.) </p>
 * @see DomBuilder
 * @author David Brownell (db@post.harvard.edu)
 * @version 1.0 (26 September 1999)
public class DomFactory

     * This value is used to configure a default DOM that'll be used
     * when the system property isn't defined.  It's far preferable to
     * change this default value than to modify the code implementing
     * the no-arguments "createDom" method.
    private static final String DEFAULT_DOM = null;


    // no instances may be constructed
    private DomFactory () { }

     * <p>Access the system default DOM implementation.  The actual
     * implementation of this method may vary between implementations
     * of the DOM, but the interface is not subject to change.</p>
     * <p> The reference implementation of this class works with all
     * DOM implementations which can be accessed using only a default
     * constructor.  The class name may be specified by the
     * <b>org.brownell.xml.dom</b> system property, or by a built-in
     * default if that property is not available.  The named class must
     * exist and must implement the <b>org.w3c.dom.DomImplementation</b>
     * interface.  </p>
     * <p> Other implementations of this method are free to use other
     * mechanisms.  For example, a browser might both hard-wire some
     * specific implementation, and also arrange that it be initialized
     * to bind the DOM objects to some particular window and an associated
     * rendering engine. </p>
     * @exception java.lang.reflect.InvocationTargetException
     *	No default DOM implementation is available.  This may be due
     *	to a a variety of underlying errors, reported through the
     *	"target exception" property of this exception.  These usually
     *	involve configuration errors such as incorrect values for a
     *	system property, bad class path, or a malfunctioning DOM.
     * @see #createDom(java.lang.String)
    public static DOMImplementation createDom ()
    throws InvocationTargetException

	String className = DEFAULT_DOM;

	try {
	    className = System.getProperty ("org.brownell.xml.dom",
	} catch (SecurityException x) {
	    // e.g. in browser

	try {
	    return createDom (className);
	} catch (Throwable t) {
	    throw new InvocationTargetException (t,
		    "Exception when instantiating DOM");


     * Create a new DOM implementation object using the class name provided.
     * If that class can't be instantiated, or does not implement the
     * <b>org.w3c.dom.DomImplementation</b> interface, an exception is
     * thrown.
     * <p>No implementation-specific behavior is allowed for this method,
     * unlike its no-arguments cousin which explicitly allows it.  This
     * method is only useful for DOM implementations which provide a null
     * constructor which is publicly accessible, which at this writing
     * describes almost all DOM implementations in Java.  </p>
     * @param className A string containing the name of the class
     *	implementing the DomImplementation interface.
     * @exception java.lang.ClassNotFoundException The specified class
     *	was not found (check your CLASSPATH).
     * @exception IllegalAccessException The specified class was found,
     *	but you do not have permission to load it.
     * @exception InstantiationException The specified class was found
     *	but could not be instantiated.
     * @exception java.lang.ClassCastException The specified class was
     *	found and instantiated, but does not implement DomImplemntation.
     * @see #createDom()
    public static DOMImplementation createDom (String className)
    throws ClassNotFoundException, IllegalAccessException, 
	InstantiationException, ClassCastException
	return (DOMImplementation)
	    Class.forName (className).newInstance ();

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