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> Personally, I like attribute normalization.  Being able to use an XPath
> like   @x="y"   rather than  normalize-space(@x)="y"  save keystrokes.
> In fact, for me, one of the most common problems of using using tokens
> in data content is that I invariably forget to normalize-space() the data
> first. This is a nasty problem, of course, because it only shows up when
> certain kinds of markup is used.
> Getting rid of attribute normalization is a eumphemism for getting rid of
> tokens at the XML level. Tokens are useful, and they are a major use of 
> attributes. Arbitrary strings containing significant whitespace is a minority 
> use for which there is a workaround.  Also, best practise I18n 
> says that strings-for-humans should not be marked-up as attributes; so
> some of the use-cases may have a trade-off that makes them not as
> compelling.

Whew.  So I'm not alone on this.  I was scratching my head wondering what I 
was missing that's so evil about attribute normalization.  I've always thought 
it was a central part of the usefulness of attributes and went with the very 
rough rule "human readable in content, machine readable in attributes".

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