RE: Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes
> -----Original Message----- > From: David Lee [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] > Sent: Friday, March 02, 2012 3:30 PM > To: Andrew Welch; Costello, Roger L. > Cc: email@example.com > Subject: 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. The difference that I see is that attributes are not structured and therefore the "look-ahead" is reasonably bounded - whereas in the case of elements, they can contain arbitrarily deep and nested structures (with additional nested "look-aheads"). Vojtech
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