Re: Come On, DTD, Come On! Thoughts on DSDL Part 9
Arjun Ray scripsit: > A sociological fact is one thing. Deeming it immutable and more, worthy > of sanction in the form of a standard to enforce it, is another. I am not treating it as immutable, nor worthy of sanction. I simply say that a design which ignores it will not fly. > (Also, isn't DSDL in the picture here? Why then is just the current state > of only the "XML community" decisive?) AFAIK all known DSDL parts are XML-related. > | There simply does not exist any generally accepted view of when attributes > | should be used rather than child elements. > > I note that you dodged the question again. ;-) Are you asking for my *personal* views? > I don't see how neutrality is important, unless it is established policy > to bless what appears to be current practice, no matter how ill-informed. If current practice is disregarded, we are writing for the trunk, something I have no desire to do. > | excepting the obvious (attributes are unordered and can't contain elements > | or other attributes). > > So, if they are different, why the push for identical treatment? I didn't say "identical", I said "as identical as possible". > I also > note (in view of a recent thread) that it seems to be a common maturation > experience to grow from attribute-happy to element-wise. I don't see how > making potentially unwise decisions even easier than they are would make > experience acquired any less painful. I don't intend to be in the business of legislating how programmers and document designers do their jobs. Sharp tools cut. -- John Cowan <jcowan@r...> http://www.reutershealth.com I amar prestar aen, han mathon ne nen, http://www.ccil.org/~cowan han mathon ne chae, a han noston ne 'wilith. --Galadriel, _LOTR:FOTR_
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