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> > Personally, I'm not convinced that attributes were a great
> > idea. Though they were a much better idea than namespaces.
> What do you feel would have been better, rather than having
This is a debate that long predates XML. You'd have something like
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There is no information that I can think of that could not be
represented in XML or SGML without attributes, and attributes add a
noticeable amount of additional complexity to XML APIs.
Personally, I like attributes and I'm glad that we took them from
SGML, but I won't pretend that there's any justification other than
All the best,
David Megginson, firstname.lastname@example.org, http://www.megginson.com/