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Re: [xml-dev] Abandon the (mistaken) belief that XML attributesprovide "metadata" and set yourself free to explore capability-based designs

On Sun, 2011-03-20 at 11:40 +0000, Andrew Welch wrote:

> It's worth adding here, that if you are sax parsing and have to switch
> processing based on some value, then its far easier to do that if its
> an attribute than a child element. 

The more abstract pattern is that Schema has avoided the idea of a
descendent changing the meaning of an element.

"If the paragraph contains footnote references, it's a document-para and
not an abstract-para" is in some ways equivalent to "paragraphs within
the abstract cannot contain footnote references" in a less declarative
sort of way, but generally much more painful to think about in editing
and manipulating and generally processing.


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