Attributes with Intent

Simon St.Laurent SimonStL at
Mon May 4 16:57:58 BST 1998

>But one of the advantages of a hierarchically-structured data
>representation is the ability to have scopes to which properties apply. If
>a processor can't at least maintain a stack of the attributes of the
>ancestors of the current element, it's pretty darn braindead.  

This attribute discussion is interesting, because I'm not sure you want to 
expect the processor to have the entire document available for stack building. 

One of the projects that I'm working on (slowly) is an implementation of 
XPointers that uses the server's processing power to chop just out the section 
of a document the user wants and avoiding sending out millions of bytes of 
wasted data.  I suspect that we'll need to make the server handle the xml:lang 
and xml:space stack, and re-enter their values into the topmost element 
returned, or something like that.

xml:lang and xml:space seem like they're worth the extra effort, though.

Simon St.Laurent
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