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   Re: [SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?

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  • From: Sean McGrath <digitome@iol.ie>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 20:13:16 +0000

>> 	<element <att>val</att>> <content/> </element>
>> This is for sure not XML/SGML, but it generalizes the recursive
>> pattern.  If you want an attribute on the attribute, you write:
>> 	<element <att <att-of-att>subvalue</att-of-att>>val</att>>  ...
>Thanks John.  Didn't even think of this.  It would 
>definately allow for recursive attributes -- and a 
>clear distinction between meta informatoin (attributes) 
>and content information.  Very nice.
The notion that elements are for information and
attributes is, IMO, bogus.

Yes there are XML applications where attributes are
used to "talk about" elements but I have seen, and
created, many XML/SGML applications where this is
not so.


<Sean uri="http://www.digitome.com/sean.html">
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