RE: Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes
It's a good theory but in practice (to paraphrase, "theory is what we know but can't use; practice is what we do but can't prove"), attributes are used for displayable content, a simple example being the TM numbers in the mil-spec doc headers. pubno="DTM 1-1520-280-13" Which goes to the point there are so far no rules for using these for which there are no exceptions. Therefore as Mike said, no right answers although as added, some good reasons. The problems I hit are seldom using these or not but the secret decoder ring knowledge someone needs to apply them correctly in situations where the DTD does not actually govern the final output (say XSLT contributions) or they are badly documented (say almost any DTD of some size and age). len From: Christopher R. Maden [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org] There is still a presumption in XML default processing (e.g., the XSLT default templates) that content is visible and attributes are not. When working with machine interchange languages, this doesn't matter, but for human documents, it is a good principle to follow. ~Chris -- Chris Maden, text nerd <URL: http://crism.maden.org/ > "Be wary of great leaders. Hope that there are many, many small leaders." - Pete Seeger
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