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Using XML locator to indicate current parser position

import javax.xml.parsers.SAXParser;
import javax.xml.parsers.SAXParserFactory;

import org.xml.sax.Attributes;
import org.xml.sax.Locator;
import org.xml.sax.SAXException;
import org.xml.sax.helpers.DefaultHandler;

class SampleOfXmlLocator extends DefaultHandler {
  private Locator locator;
  public void setDocumentLocator(Locator locator) {
    this.locator = locator;
  public void startElement(String uri, String localName, String qName, Attributes attrs)
      throws SAXException {
    if (qName.equals("order")) {
      System.out.println("here process element start");
    } else {
      String location = "";
      if (locator != null) {
        location = locator.getSystemId(); // XML-document name;
        location += " line " + locator.getLineNumber();
        location += ", column " + locator.getColumnNumber();
        location += ": ";
      throw new SAXException(location + "Illegal element");
  public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
    SAXParserFactory factory = SAXParserFactory.newInstance();
    SAXParser parser = factory.newSAXParser();
    parser.parse("sample.xml", new SampleOfXmlLocator());


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