Content v. attribute

James Tauber jtauber at
Mon Oct 26 18:18:48 GMT 1998

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Winer <dave at>

>I consider it a flaw of XML that it has two ways to do hierarchy

Bear in mind that XML was designed primarily for *document* interchange. The
attribute vs element decision (which is really just a markup vs content
decision)  IMO, is a lot less clear in data-centric applications than it is
in document-centric ones. XML might have looked quite different if the
things people are doing nowadays with XML were thought up when SGML was
being developed.

James Tauber / jtauber at /
Associate Researcher, Electronic Commerce Network
Curtin University of Technology, Perth, Western Australia

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