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

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  • From: "Clark C. Evans" <clark.evans@manhattanproject.com>
  • To: "Joshua E. Smith" <jesmith@kaon.com>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 04:20:58 -0500 (EST)

On Mon, 29 Nov 1999, Joshua E. Smith wrote:
> Sure, you can normalize this to:
> <Thing>
>  <Id>foo</Id>
> </Thing>
> But, well.... yuck.  This is just... strange.
> Doesn't it strike you as perverse to dive into the sub-elements of an
> element to get a handle to the parent?

Yes it does.  It also requires that the _entire_ element be read
in (till its end tag is encountered) just in the case that a child
provides details which modify the parent -- in this case, the
parent's identifier.

;) Clark

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