JAXP Source Types
This section is relevant to the Java platform only.
When a user application invokes Saxon via the Java API, then a source document is supplied as an
instance of the JAXP
Source class. This is true whether invoking an XSLT transformation,
an XQuery query, or a free-standing XPath expression. The
is essentially a marker interface. The
that is supplied must be a kind of
Source that Saxon recognizes.
Saxon recognizes the three kinds of
Source defined in JAXP: a
SAXSource, and a
DOMSource. If a
DOMSource is to be used, then
the Saxon DOM support classes in
saxon8-dom.jar must be on the class path.
Nodes in Saxon's implementation of the XPath data model are represented by the interface
NodeInfo is itself a
Source, which means
that any method in the API that requires a source object will accept any implementation of
Saxon also provides a class
net.sf.saxon.AugmentedSource which implements the
interface. This class encapsulates one of the standard
Source objects, and allows additional processing
options to be specified. These options include whitespace handling, schema and DTD validation, XInclude processing,
error handling, choice of XML parser, and choice of Saxon tree model.
Saxon allows additional
Source types to be supported by registering a
Configuration object. The task of a
SourceResolver is to convert a
Source that Saxon does not recognize into a
Source that it does recognize.
For example, this may be done by building the document tree in memory and returning the
object representing the root of the tree.