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

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At 2:52 PM +0200 1/31/03, m batsis wrote:

>On the other hand, I would enjoy the flexibility of
><foo bar="bla"/>
>being the same as
>    <bar>bla</bar>
>as it would alow an attribute to be "promoted" to elements when multi-valued.

I wouldn't enjoy this. Elements and attributes are not the same 
thing. Attributes don't have order. Elements do. Elements can contain 
other elements. Attributes can't. If I don't need attributes, I just 
won't use them.

That said, it strikes me, it would be straight-forward to write a SAX 
filter that converted all attributes to child elements in this form 
if you really wanted to. The problem arises if this gets into the 
actual text documents that comprise XML. Then the element forms start 
doing things the attributes can't.

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