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   Re: [xml-dev] so many options no idea where to begin

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At 2002-07-30 17:24 -0700, Rick Jones wrote:
>*) i'm not sure when one "should" use attributes versus a nested element

Check out http://xml.coverpages.org/elementsAndAttrs.html for a few opinions.

>*) my config files may become quite large - XInclude sounds interesting,
>but a fully formed file XIncluded (at least via libxml) has the whole
>file as a sub-element when what I really want (I think anyway) is the
>elements in the file being included be at the same depth as the include
>itself (ie up one level)

Personally, I'm a big fan of external parsed general entities for the 
management of a single large XML document in many small pieces.  My 
training material is authored in XML and to change one paragraph I need 
only pull a lesson entity into a text editor instead of the entire course.

I do *not* use such constructs for sharing information as fragments between 
multiple XML instances; I use XSLT to extract fragments of an XML document, 
thus keeping every external parsed general entity in a single parsing 
context (set of DTD declarations for entities).

I hope this helps.

................... Ken

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