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  • From: tpassin@home.com
  • To: "xml-dev" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 21:33:01 -0400

John Cowan says-

> tpassin@home.com wrote:
> > One of the interesting issues is
> > that ASN.1 has both named data types and named identifiers (an element
> > both a type and an identifier), but in XML you have only element names
> > (basically representing complex data types).  So do you use identifiers
> > data type names, and what do you do with the other of the pair?  There
are a
> > lot of possible solutions.
> There are, but the natural SGML/XML one is to map the ASN.1 type onto the
> element type/generic identifier, and the ASN.1 identifier onto an
> of type ID.
Yes, or possibly the other way around.  Clearly turning the type into an
element name is what makes sense.  But the people we're working with/for
about this were very strongly against using attributes unless forced to in a
few cases.  So far it has been hard to get this restriction relaxed
completely. But we're pecking away at it.

Tom Passin

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