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

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Yes, but then people will have metadata of metadata, etc. So do you make
structured attributes for structured attributes?  Where does it stop?

Seairth Jacobs

From: "Andrew Layman" <andrewl@microsoft.com>
> 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.
> <Poem>
>   <@title>Paradise Lost</@title>
>   <@author>
>     <@birth>1608</@birth>
>     <@death>1674</@death>
>     John Milton
>   </@author>
>   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 ...
> </Poem>


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