RE: Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes
While I agree it makes it bulkier, I disagree with the argument specifics. That is "looking ahead" is only a side effect of a particular parser implementation. i.e. if a parser reads <thing It has to look ahead in both cases A) id="abc" B) ><id>abc< It just happens that most XML parsers do this lookahead thing for you for attributes (and some do it for elements) ... but its not intrinsic in XML. ---------------------------------------- David A. Lee firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.xmlsh.org > -----Original Message----- > From: Andrew Welch [mailto:email@example.com] > Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 9:15 AM > To: Costello, Roger L. > Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org > Subject: Re: Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes > > > 2. Avoiding XML attributes makes your language simpler. > > It really doesn't, it makes it bulkier and more annoying to process. > > <thing type="A"> > > vs > > <thing> > <type>A</type> > > When processing <thing> you need to look ahead to determine how to > process it. > > > -- > Andrew Welch > http://andrewjwelch.com > > ______________________________________________________________ > _________ > > XML-DEV is a publicly archived, unmoderated list hosted by OASIS > to support XML implementation and development. To minimize > spam in the archives, you must subscribe before posting. > > [Un]Subscribe/change address: http://www.oasis-open.org/mlmanage/ > Or unsubscribe: email@example.com > subscribe: firstname.lastname@example.org > List archive: http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ > List Guidelines: http://www.oasis-open.org/maillists/guidelines.php >
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