Default attributes

Don McGregor mcgredo at
Fri Mar 13 01:56:14 GMT 1998

I'm new at XML and trying to figure out how to have a default
attribute assigned to an element in the DTD. What I've got now is this:

<!ELEMENT protocolVersion (#PCDATA)>
<!ATTLIST protocolVersion
          dataType CDATA "UnsignedByte">

I'm using the Microsoft XML parser. I always get a null value
back for the attribute. However, if I explicitly add the attribute
value to the marked up text, I get back a value:

<protocolVersion dataType="UnsignedByte">1</protocolVersion>

What I want is the attribute to always be defaulted to "UnsignedByte"
without having to put that in the markup text.           

The docs I've seen suggest that the above should work. Am I off
base, or am I missing something in the MS XML parser?              

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