Re: [newbie] Mapping a Map 101?
On Dec 13, 2004, at 19:00, Rich Salz wrote: >> however, my atavistic dislike of angle brackets took over and I ended >> up removing all the structural information specific to a dictionary: > > That's probably the wrong way to use XML. I know. This is way I try to avoid XML as much as I can :o) http://www.eod.com/devil/archive/xml.html >> I'm not sure if I follow this line of reasoning... after all, the >> "raison d'être" of an element is to provide meta-data about the >> content. > > Sure. Is it more important that the value of an integer, or that the > value is, well, a value? In the scenario I'm dealing with, the value type (eg integer vs string) is more relevant. >> should attributes be viewed as meta-data about the content or >> the element itself? > > Welcome to an xml-dev permathread. Oh, my... time to rush to the exit?!? >> What's the benefit of using an element attribute to define the type >> versus using a different element altogether? > > Generic tools and xpath expressions, etc., only have to know about one > tag. "All entries with the value 10" -- do you care if it's a string > or an int? Most definitively. Cheers, PA.
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