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   Re: [xml-dev] Co-operating with Architectural Forms

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Paul Prescod wrote:

> How could you on the one hand, require every vocabulary in the world to
> have a particular attribute and then at the same time say it is nothing
> special, "just another attribute." If it is not special then why require
> it?

It isn't always required in SGML - this:

   <bar>some text</bar>
   <>and some more</>

is exactly equivalent to:

   <bar>some text</bar>
   <bar>and some more</bar>

This isn't a million miles from something like a #FIXED attribute, where the
value and existence is determined by something not immediately apparent in
the instance. I'm no expert in AF (despite Steve's 2 day seminar in about
'93), yet I don't feel that the idea that the GI is an attribute of an
element requires a great leap. Given that SGML allows a start tag to look

   <foo bar>

if the attlist looks like:

   <!ATTLIST foo fooatt (bar | pub) #IMPLIED>

I can accept how Steve came to his conclusions. That the same arguments
don't fit in the context of XML is interesting but not significant, IMHO.


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc@allette.com.au
Allette Systems (Australia)      www:    http://www.allette.com.au
"Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler."
       - Einstein


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