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Re: [xml-dev] RE: Make implicit structures explicit

The numbering is helpful, I think, for readability, but only if they are always kept in order, ie redundant. Imagine you had 1000 steps instead of 3. You would like to have numbers then, if you are scanning the document, to get some idea where you are. Also suppose the document became so large that it was too unwieldy for some technology or human to handle, and you needed to break it into many smaller subsequences in separate documents. Then the numbers would help you to reassemble it.


On 4/10/2014 2:20 PM, Dimitre Novatchev wrote:

I wouldn't mind numbering if there was a pre-processing step that
sorts the steps according to their numbers, and removes the numbering
attributes :)


On Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 4:45 AM, Costello, Roger L. <costello@mitre.org> wrote:
Hi Folks,

Thanks again for the excellent responses.

Recall that I advocated for adding an attribute that indicates the order in which a list of elements are to be evaluated, e.g.,

     <transition step="2">Enter glide slope</transition>
     <transition step="3">Correct for wind conditions</transition>
     <transition step="1">Contact control tower</transition>

The argument that dissuaded me most powerfully was this simple message from a colleague:

         What is the benefit of adding @step (a
         sequence number)? We are not using
         key punch cards, so we will not drop it.



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