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   Re: [xml-dev] Mixed content in data-binding (Was: Re: [xml-dev] Interest

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On 7/15/05, Andrew Layman <andrewl@microsoft.com> wrote:

> But there is also a versioning issue. Since adding such meta-data as the
> last-modified date after the fact is a typical usage, attributes today
> allow such annotation with less disruption to existing readers.  E.g.
> <email last-modified='2005-02-02'>fred@somewhere.com</email>
> But this only works to one level.  One cannot add an attribute to that
> attribute.
> One could imagine a future version of XML that treated elements and
> attributes with more parallelism, and allowed attributes to have
> structure, perhaps with an element-like syntax, as in:
> <email>fred@somewhere.com<@last-modified>2005-02-02</@last-modified></em
> ail>
> And
> <email>fred@somewhere.com<@last-modified>2005-02-02<@says-who>Joe</@says
> -who></@last-modified></email>

Umm, not to be glib, but at that point you just have an element with a
funny name. Semantically, elements can already replace attributes, so
what's the point?

Peter Hunsberger


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