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> This is a debate that long predates XML. You'd have something like
> Megginson Technologies Ltd.
> instead of
> <a href="http://www.megginson.com/">Megginson Technologies Ltd.</a>
> 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
> stylistic preference.
Don't forget HTML. To change HTML to well-formed XML with practically no
effort, XML needed attributes. I know there was SGML-compatibility in
general, but the ability to work with xml-ized HTML in particular is a real