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

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On Dec 13, 2004, at 19:00, Rich Salz wrote:

>> 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 know. This is way I try to avoid XML as much as I can :o)


>> 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 
>> content.
> Sure.  Is it more important that the value of an integer, or that the 
> value is, well, a value?

In the scenario I'm dealing with, the value type (eg integer vs string) 
is more relevant.

>> should attributes be viewed as meta-data about the content or
>> the element itself?
> Welcome to an xml-dev permathread.

Oh, my... time to rush to the exit?!?

>> 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 an int?

Most definitively.




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