Tags vs PCDATA

Paul Grosso paul at arbortext.com
Tue Jul 7 16:03:31 BST 1998

At 21:56 1998 07 06 -0400, Steve Withall wrote:
>... and, if you use attributes, you can't get at them in XSL without 
>resorting to a script. Having decided I wanted to use attributes to hold 
>values retrieved from a database, I had to resort to writing a utility to 
>convert attributes into child elements in order to make them accessible via XSL.

>I guess this is a practical argument in favour of using elements for 
>database values, but I'd also like to make a plea to the formulators of the 
>XSL standard to provide a convenient way to access attributes.

XSL will have a non-script way to access attribute values.  We are
working toward having a first draft ready within several weeks.

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