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From: "Uche Ogbuji" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> Joe's question is not whether, given a bit of discrete information it should
> be made into a child element or an attribute, but rather how much semantic
> information should be packed into generic identifiers: a much tougher question.
Another aspect is the extent to which you can augment items using a DTD
or schema. You can have your cake and eat it too, Marie Antoinette not
fullname CDATA #FIXED "CurrentYearBudgetFinalEstimatedAmount"
type CDATA #FIXED "Amount"
yearType CDATA #FIXED "CurrentYear"
amountType CDATA #FIXED "Budget"
finalIndicator CDATA #FIXED "Final"
estimateIndicator CDATA #FIXED "Estimated"
means that the markup of
implies the infoset of
Another aspect is whether the name is part of a fixed series (or are made from
every permutation of some fixed set): these are more suited for fielded names.
(Mentioned at p1-34 in my old XML & SGML Cookbook). For example, people
probably wouldn't have an element
<Amount999.99 yearType="CurrentYear" amountType="Budget"
finalIndicator="Final" estimateIndicator="Estimated" />