Unless you really have to read *huge* documents - then you will probably *have* to use SAX...
The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. Think only on those things that are in line with your principles and can bear the light of day. The content of your character is your choice. Day by day, what you do is who you become. Your integrity is your destiny - it is the light that guides your way. - Heraclitus
Note that the original post mentions input to an applet, therefore he should stick with the standard java library. JDOM or DOM4J would require that the client have those libraries installed, a useless complexity.
I am also looking for the same solution but thing is in my case Server is the one from which my flow will be handling XML and using in EJB, so if you have found something easily adoptable please give your inputs.