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Re: Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes

  • From: Andrew Welch <andrew.j.welch@gmail.com>
  • To: John Cowan <cowan@mercury.ccil.org>
  • Date: Fri, 2 Mar 2012 18:44:10 +0000

Re:  Six Reasons Not to use XML Attributes
>> I think that if you have a straight-up name field, you either end up
>> being culturally obtuse or also needing a bunch of parallel fields for
>> various collation scenarios.
> That's what I meant by the field needing to be repeatable.  Chris
> Maden devised the system that $EMPLOYER is using, which involves
> personNameProfile elements which are themselves repeatable, and which have
> children for purpose, pattern (what order to put the textual elements in),
> the (meta-)name of this profile, full name, and five elements for name
> parts: givenName (repeatable), familyName (repeatable), prefix, suffix,
> nickname, and full name, all of which are optional.  There is continual
> pressure to add middleName, but so far we have effectively resisted it:
> canonical U.S. middle names are additional given names.

Straying off topic - why not use the foaf markup?

Andrew Welch

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