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   Re: element content vs. element attribute

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  • From: Tad McClellan <tadmc@metronet.com>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Sun, 21 Dec 1997 08:35:56 -0600 (CST)

[ Admin note: If original posts are held to 70-72 chars per line, then
              they won't word-wrap and be hard to read after being
              quoted a few times.

> In other words, when should data be contained by elements?  Or conversely, when
> should data be an attribute of an element instead of contained by that element? 
> I prefer the latter method, given an attributes ability to store CDATA without
                                       ^^^^^^^^^             ^^^^^^^^^^^
> CDATA section delimiters.  OSD and CDF use the former method for:

[ I hope I don't mispeak here. I haven't yet gotten my arms around all
  the differences between XML and SGML. (That's why I am lurking here ;-)

  Someone please correct me if I have it wrong in an XML context

"CDATA" is "overloaded" in SGML.

CDATA attributes and CDATA marked sections have some significant
semantic differences.

This was discussed in September in comp.text.sgml, in the thread with:

   Subject: CDATA in attributes and content

Where this helpful URL was given (thanks to Joe English):


    Tad McClellan                          SGML Consulting
    tadmc@metronet.com                     Perl programming
    Fort Worth, Texas

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