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

  • From: Pavel Velikhov <pvelikho@c...>
  • To: xml-dev@i...
  • Date: Mon, 29 Nov 1999 13:42:07 -0800

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

"Clark C. Evans" wrote:
> On Mon, 29 Nov 1999, Joshua E. Smith wrote:
> > Sure, you can normalize this to:
> >
> > <Thing>
> >  <Id>foo</Id>
> > </Thing>
> >
> > But, well.... yuck.  This is just... strange.
> >
> > Doesn't it strike you as perverse to dive into the sub-elements of an
> > element to get a handle to the parent?
> Yes it does.  It also requires that the _entire_ element be read
> in (till its end tag is encountered) just in the case that a child
> provides details which modify the parent -- in this case, the
> parent's identifier.

But every child provides details that modify the parent.
Consider this element:


And then the following element:


Same problem here, right? Every child modifies the parent.
Should not these cases be all semantically equivalent?

Pavel Velikhov

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