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   Re: Endtag attributes

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  • From: Lars Marius Garshol <larsga@ifi.uio.no>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: 10 Nov 1998 16:57:10 +0100

* Anders W. Tell
| As a part of a small R&D project Im I trying to look into the issues
| of elements vs. attributes and having attributes in endtags
| (im know its outside current xml standard).
| Is there anyone that could point me to research /papers/discussion on
| the net ?

I doubt that there is anything, but if there is you can find it at


Some cons I thought of:

 - additional complexity in APIs and syntaxes, or, if these are kept
   as they are, in parsers
 - endtag attributes are not available until the entire element has
   been parsed (and it may be _very_ large), so that if the values
   influence the treatment of the element contents in any way, this
   may cause performance problems
The only pro I can think of is pretty far-fetched:

 - might be easier to generate markup from some kinds of applications,
   since attribute values would not have to be determined until after
   the element contents had been written out

--Lars M.

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