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Re: [SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?

  • From: Ken MacLeod <ken@b...>
  • To: <xml-dev@i...>
  • Date: 29 Nov 1999 15:47:42 -0600

Re: [SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?
"Joshua E. Smith" <jesmith@k...> writes:

> >  "Why should attributes be supported in SML?"
> Because without them, it's not clear how I can point at something.
> - SML should be useful for conveying "objects" (blocks of related data)
> - Objects often reference one another ("pointing")
> - You need a way to identify objects, so you can point to them

Attributes are more semantic than syntactic.  You can use a schema
language to make sure information about the content is processed
before information that is the content.  Also, by removing the
dependence on syntax you also relax the idea that information may only
be one (information about the content) or the other (the content).

  Ken MacLeod

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