RE: [SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?
> -----Original Message----- > From: Sean McGrath [mailto:digitome@i...] > Sent: Sunday, November 28, 1999 3:49 AM > >If you really want simplicity, why not make *all* the attribute names > >explicit, instead of exempting only the generic identifier ("GI"). > ..snip.. > Turn it around for a moment. Think of it this way: > 1) elements are elements > 2) attribute values are kinda-sort elements except that they > are constrained in various ways. Beggin the question. 2 points deducted. ;) > Simplification: > 1) Make all attributes elements > > Expressive power lost = 0 > Hm. By my calculation, ExPow lossage = 50%. I had a syntactic means of expressing two different notions; now everything is one stew of elements. I've lost the syntactic analog of what goes on in my itty bitty grey cell. Most of the debate seems centered on what might make life easier for software. If that's the criterion, then no-atts wins by a mile. But if the criterion is making life easier for the writer/reader/designer of texts (i.e. xml docs), then attributes are definitely in. -gregg xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev@i... Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1 To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; unsubscribe xml-dev To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo@i... the following message; subscribe xml-dev-digest List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa@i...)
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