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   Re: [xml-dev] [newbie] Mapping a Map 101?

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On Dec 11, 2004, at 23:07, Tim Bray wrote:

> If you have a Macintosh, the disks are just stuffed with "plists",  
> which are an XML expression of a map, sort of;

I'm familiar with property lists:


> the XML syntax is rather horrible:

Ok... Why would you qualify it as "horrible" though? How would you  
model it instead? I have to confess that to me it all looks like a blur  
of angle brackets :o)

Here is how a "old style" property list look like:

{ user = wshakesp; birth = 1564; death = 1616; }


Here is the equivalent XML version:



How would you make the XML format to represent such a dictionary  
structure less "horrible"?




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