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   RE: [xml-dev] Re: URIs, concrete (was Re: [xml-dev] Un-ask the question)

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> Simon, The feature isn't useless. Most people agree that attributes
> are meant for annotating elements. The Namespaces in XML
> recommendation allows authors to choose between context sensitive
> attribute values E.g.
> <myns:Parent name="must be a number between 1 - 100"><myns:Child
> name="can be any string"/></myns:Parent>
> or creating global attributes that represent the same idea regardless
> of what element they appear on
> <myns:Parent myns:id="must be unique in document"><myns:Child
> myns:id="must be unique in document"><></myns:Parent>

I'm sorry, Dare, but in my world that's utterly useless, not to mention
confusing and complicating.  If you can find a genuinely good reason for

<rdf:Description rdf:about="http://www.w3.org";

please let me know.  Using global attributes to mean something different
in a local context seems completely bizarre and desperately pointless to
me.  It's bad practice.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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