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> From: Arjun Ray [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Much of that, I think, has to do with the generally
> underacknowledged impact of existing software on ways of
> thinking. If the software doesn't support something, the
> tendency is to ignore it or to find workarounds, and in any
> case, not to investigate too closely what it fails to
> support. The downstream effect is an implicitly constrained
> approach to design issues where everything is organized
> around what the software does happen to support, only. For
> instance, Simon wrote:
> : A lot of people have been storing data in attributes rather
> than in : element content. There are lot of reasons for this,
> ranging from a more
> : compact form to simpler processing in SAX. (Attributes are
> presented as
> : a convenient group, while you have to wait for child elements)
> Hidden here is (IMHO) a deep critique of SAX as a useful API.
I don't know. XML modellers faq:
Q: Why are you putting stuff in attributes?
A: I can't be arsed to code a buffer.
Seems more like gonzo laziness to me. Otherwise what you said makes
lots of sense.
Bill de hÓra
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