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   Re: Content v. attribute

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  • From: "Don Park" <donpark@quake.net>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 26 Oct 1998 21:58:52 -0800


>What does P.getAttribute( "B" ) return if there are three B s with four I
>s between them?

SInce it makes no sense in Java, null seems appropriate.  What I proposed
makes no sense (except in ECMAScript where P.B is a collection and
P.B[index] returns the element) if the information is not unique or complex.

BTW, DTD designers seems to prefer using contents for flexibility and
attributes for brevity.  I forgot to mention in my previous message that it
is awkward to access attributes stored as contents using DOM.
getElementsByTagName is a rather expensive operation and returns NodeList.


Don Park

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