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   Re: XSchema Spec - Attribute Declarations (Section 2.4), Draft 5

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  • From: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>
  • To: XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Jul 1998 16:39:00 -0400

Ron Bourret wrote:

> I agree, although for a different reason.  I've just gotten to writing this part
> of the code and have to admit that having to parse something the parser can
> parse for me makes me very grumpy indeed.  Note that the EnumerationValue
> element is used by both enumerated attributes and notation attributes.

I also agree.  Indeed, it was the asymmetry between NOTATION/enumeration
and the other eight types (which require no ancillary data) that
made Ron & I agree to move them to elements in the first place.

One has to work harder than necessary either way.  But the main
principle of XML back-ends is that all parsing should be done by
the parser!  There should be no second-level parsers that have
to decipher some embedded syntax.

(This means that I deprecate ENTITIES, NMTOKENS, and IDREFS.)

John Cowan	http://www.ccil.org/~cowan		cowan@ccil.org
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