Content v. attribute

Don Park donpark at
Tue Oct 27 05:12:10 GMT 1998

I have just one question:

What do we have to treat them differently?

Given following XML fragment:

<address city="NY">
  <street>1234 Park Avenue.</street>

Why not treat both city attribute and street element the same so that both
of them can be accessed with following DOM script?

String city = address.getAttribute("city")
String street = address.getAttribute("street")

or even simpler in ECMAScript:

var city =
var street = address.street

In other words, why not treat attributes as a specific type of child
element: unique and childless?


Don Park

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