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Re: Stupid Question (was RE: XML doesn't deserve its

trying to promote x11
Mike Champion wrote:

> Why not just put the type information inline and
> make XML more "self-describing" (please don't
> shoot me ...) 
> 	<myData>
> 		<foo my:type="Int">0xffffffff</foo>
> 		<bar my:type="String">Someday/bar>
> 		<baz my:type="Date">20371031</baz>
>       </myData>

That's very similar to what I have been trying to promote in vain for a 
while ;=) ...

> or else just give it up and use
> ASN.1 for both the out-of-band 
> label and type information ?
> I'm sure this is a religious war I missed, somehow ...

Since you mention "religious war" and "out-of-band", there is an out of 
band mechanism for XML 1.0 that's called... PIs and would be perfect for 
this usage!

And what is you type information is it's not a *Processing Instruction* ?

It's the only way I can think of which wouldn't break existing 
applications and could let us qualify the attributes as well.


> and like I said, it's a stupid question, please be
> merciful.
See you in Seattle.
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
http://xsltunit.org      http://4xt.org           http://examplotron.org


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