Embedding Content as Element Content or As An Attribute Value

Ray Waldin rwaldin at pacbell.net
Fri Jan 9 02:50:04 GMT 1998

Tyler Baker:
> ...is there a concrete
> reason why what seemingly is content should be embedded as an attribute.

First, let me say thank you to all you folks for your help -- I had
the very same question only a few weeks ago and received quite a
variety of responses.  

Marcus Carr:
>Michael J. Suzio:
>> I poked around trying to
>> find a "Gentle Intro to XML" or "A Complete Idiot's Guide to DTD Writing", but
>> so far, no success. Any recommendations from the list would be great.
> Without wishing to sound like a broken record, I think that SGML publications are
> the place to start. I personally believe that for better or for worse, an good
> grounding in SGML gives you a very different perspective of XML. The XML standard
> was purposefully kept brief, in keeping with the intended spirit of
> implementations. This is a sensible and realistic approach, though it may leave
> you feeling as though you're eating soup with a fork. :-)

Of all the answers I've received, the ones referring me to SGML
publications were the most intimidating.  If the intention is to
produce a "simple dialect of SGML" for its "ease of implementation",
having to retrace the historical minutiae of SGML in order to create
an XML DTD seems to defeat that purpose.  It seems to me that
referring XML newbies (like me) to SGML publications is like asking us
to eat soup with a *BULLDOZER*.  :)

Starve or drown.  What we need is an XML spoon to properly devour this
feast.  Anyhow, thanks for letting me slurp!  :)

-Ray (another hungry peon)

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