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

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  • To: Andrew Layman <andrewl@microsoft.com>
  • Subject: Re: [xml-dev] malfunctioning, evil adult as XML
  • From: Bill de hÓra <bill@dehora.net>
  • Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2003 14:03:01 +0000
  • Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
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Andrew Layman wrote:

> 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>

By using an attribute or a PI to indicate an element is a structured 
attribute, there's no need for a syntactic extension. That is if 
we're sure we need structured attributes at all.

Bill de hÓra


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