[XML-SIG] Minidom bugs/questions

Uche Ogbuji uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com
Mon, 05 Feb 2001 22:29:13 -0700

> > The code in startDocument() looks like it would insert two document
> > elements if self._locator is set and its getPublicId() returns a
> > non-null qualified name.  I don't know how to fix that, or how
> > common this is.
> I think this code was completely bogus. The author apparently thought
> of creating DocumentTypes, in which case publicId and systemId would
> be required. However, the SAX locator does not provide that
> information (atleast not for the DTD; rather for the document itself),
> nor were we in the process of creating document types. 
> It seems that the processing of the doctype argument is also
> incorrect: It should *not* create one given the qualifiedName, atleast
> I can't find any indication that it should. It MUST set the
> ownerDocument, though, which it doesn't. I'm not sure whether the
> doctype needs to appear in the childNodes of the Document, can anybody
> clarify this?

Yes.  The doctype is a child of the Document, along with any comments and PIs 
in the prolog.  This is the main reason for having a documentElement() method.

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