When to use attributes vs. elements

Andrew Layman andrewl at microsoft.com
Fri Feb 5 17:23:12 GMT 1999

Peter asked whether there are rules or guidelines in XML for when to use
attributes versus elements.

You will find a wealth of opinions on this topic.  Partly this reflects the
wealth of options that XML gives you and the fact that XML can be employed
for many purposes.

You may want to take a look at "XML Syntax Recommendation for Serializing
Graphs of Data"
(http://www.w3.org/TandS/QL/QL98/pp/microsoft-serializing.html) for a
suggestion on how to use XML for serializing programming objects and data
from databases.

-Andrew Layman

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