[jdom-interest] Re: Radical Suggestion

David Kavanagh dak at dotech.com
Mon Jul 29 09:17:21 PDT 2002

Isn't it true that the getChild(ren)(String name, Namespace ns) method 
will match any namespace when a null is provided for Namespace? That is 
how I've been using it since I don't care about namespace in my documents.


Laurent Bihanic wrote:

> Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:
>> We can only be as simple as Java if XML is as simple as Java. Here 
>> I'm afraid it's not. A better mission statement would state "provide 
>> a solution for using XML from Java that is as simple as Java and XML 
>> themselves"
> Yet the JDOM API could offer methods to make the developers work simpler.
> For example, Element could support methods getChild/getChildren(String 
> name, boolean ignoreNamespace) to match child nodes in any namespace 
> or a constructor Element(String name, boolean inheritParentNs) to 
> create elements that will automatically inherit the namespace of their 
> parent node whenever attached to a new parent.
> These methods will never be used internally when building documents 
> from text XML documents but could prove useful to many.
> Laurent
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