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> however, my atavistic dislike of angle brackets took over and I ended up
> removing all the structural information specific to a dictionary:
That's probably the wrong way to use XML.
> I'm not sure if I follow this line of reasoning... after all, the
> "raison d'Ítre" of an element is to provide meta-data about the
Sure. Is it more important that the value of an integer, or that the
value is, well, a value?
>.. should attributes be viewed as meta-data about the content or
> the element itself?
Welcome to an xml-dev permathread.
> What's the benefit of using an element attribute to define the type
> versus using a different element altogether?
Generic tools and xpath expressions, etc., only have to know about one
tag. "All entries with the value 10" -- do you care if it's a string or
Rich Salz, Chief Security Architect
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