Re: Stupid Question (was RE: XML doesn't deserve its
Mike Champion wrote: > I was basically wondering why xsi:type isn't more widely used, > in the context of Nicolas Lehunen's lament that the PSVI isn't > widely supported. Putting the type information in the instance > would, in my "stupid" thinking, hit the 80:20 point by giving > applications access to the type of an element without all sorts > of currently unsupported voodoo. I'm having a hard time envisioning a scenario where having 'xsi:type' would be useful to an application. Suppose I'm a program. If you hand me a piece of data and tell me that it's an Integer, I still won't know what to do with it. Now I might be able to make some sense out of a QUANTITY attribute on a LINEITEM element inside a PURCHASEORDER, but in that case I'm already expecting it to be an Integer. --Joe English jenglish@f...
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