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   RE: [xml-dev] malfunctioning, evil adult as XML

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  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] malfunctioning, evil adult as XML
  • From: "Andrew Layman" <andrewl@microsoft.com>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Jan 2003 23:01:19 -0800
  • Thread-index: AcLI7taQmd9DZ0dkS7SeLsZxVjGhhAABYlMQ
  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] malfunctioning, evil adult as XML

James Clark wrote: "RE: - they ought to have be able to structured
values, just like elements (i.e. one could view the content of an
element as a special unnamed attribute), .."

Agreed.  Attributes are highly useful as a means to attach metadata or
annotations to elements.  Metadata itself may have structure and may
have metadata, hence the utility of structured attributes and attributes
of attributes.

The obvious syntactic device (in a future version of XML) for a
structured attribute is something that looks much like an element, e.g.

  <@title>Paradise Lost</@title>
    John Milton
  Of Man's First Disobedience and the Fruit 
  Of that Forbidden Tree, whose mortal tast
  Brought Death into the World, and all our woe,
  With loss of Eden, till one greater Man
  Restore us, and regain the blissful Seat,
  Sing Heav'nly Muse ...


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