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DOMConfiguration interface

From: Caroline Rioux <crioux@decisionsoft.com>
Date: Thu, 27 Mar 2003 05:22:27 -0500 (EST)
To: www-dom@w3.org
Message-ID: <Pine.LNX.4.44.0303271018030.30606-100000@ouse.dsl.local>


I have some concerns about the DOMConfiguration interface that was 
recently introduced in DOM Level 3.  

After implementing an old version of the spec,
containing different method signatures for boolean parameters (ie 
setBooleanParameter, getBooleanParameter), I was suprised to see that the new spec 
does not distinguish between features and regular parameters, and considers them 
all to be DOMUserData.  

In a C++ implementation, for example in xerces-c, one would have to rely on 
void *, which is not particularly type-safe without the use of RTTI. It 
also means one cannot distinguish between int and bool, since both are 
integers in C++.

I don't understand why the interface relies on DOMUserData, when types for 
all underlying parameters are defined.  Wouldn't it be preferable to have 
specific methods like 'void setErrorHandler(DOMErrorHandler handler)', for 
the parameters and 'void setBooleanParameter(DOMString feature, boolean 
flag)' for features, so that they could be type safe?  I understand that 
expandability is an argument for the current interface, and I could 
understand that a non-type-safe method could be provided, but I am not 
overly comfortable with the 'cast and hope' scheme. :-)

Thanks very much in advance,

Caroline Rioux, Software Engineer           +44-1865-203192
DecisionSoft Limited                        http://www.decisionsoft.com
XML Development and Services
Received on Thursday, 27 March 2003 14:14:13 UTC

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