The method attribute
method attribute of
can take the standard values "xml",
"html", "xhtml", or "text", or a QName.
If a QName is specified, the local name must be the fully-qualified
class name of a class that implements either the
org.xml.sax.ContentHandler interface, or the
net.sf.saxon.event.Receiver interface. If such a value is specified,
output is directed to a newly-created instance of the user-supplied class.
You can pass additional information to this class by means of extra user-defined attributes
The prefix of the QName must correspond to a valid
namespace URI. It is recommended to use the Saxon URI "http://saxon.sf.net/",
but this is not enforced.
When output is sent to a user-specified ContentHandler or Receiver, other serialization
options (for example indentation, addition of meta elements in HTML, and generation of a DOCTYPE
declaration) have no effect.
As an alternative to specifying your own output method, you can customize Saxon's serialization
pipeline. There is a Saxon class
net.sf.saxon.event.SerializationFactory that constructs
the pipeline, from individual components that perform the various stages of serialization. You can define
your own subclass of
net.sf.saxon.event.SerializationFactory, and register this using the
setSerializationFactory() on the
Configuration object. This allows you
to insert your own steps into the pipeline, or to override any of the standard pipeline components with
classes of your own.