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   Re: Content v. attribute

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  • From: "Michael Kay" <M.H.Kay@eng.icl.co.uk>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Oct 1998 11:45:26 -0000

Don Park wrote:
>Why not treat both city attribute and street element the same so that both
>of them can be accessed with following DOM script?
>String city = address.getAttribute("city")
>String street = address.getAttribute("street")
>In other words, why not treat attributes as a specific type of child
>element: unique and childless?

SAXON provides the ability to treat (unique childless order-independent)
sub-elements as pseudo-attributes of the parent element, accessible using
getAttribute() very much as described. I've found that this can simplify
some applications a lot.

Mike Kay

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