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This is sort of a newbie question but one that I never fully understood or
maybe just don't know how to explain it to others. 

When should one use an element and when should one use an attribute?

And where are the gray areas?

like and ID I would think of as an attribute?  would anyone here do this as
an element?

<foo id="1234">
	<foostuff />

or would more of you do:
	<foostuff />

if ID is an attribute how about name?
I sometimes feel that I add too much information into attribute.

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