#2 Re: [SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?
ricko at allette.com.au
Sat Nov 27 06:34:29 GMT 1999
From: Don Park <donpark at docuverse.com>
>I believe it is now time to address the question of
>whether Attribute should be supported in SML or not.
Since you are not asking for use-cases, the only logic
driving SML is reductionism. The result can only
be a language with 1 encoding and 1 tag and the
minimum repertoire for names.
SML = (data | "<" ASCII* ">" SML "<" ASCII* ">" )*
Given this, discussion seems utterly futile.
If people are serious, they should first establish some use-cases
of where XML fails. This will also bring out the ramifications
In any case, it seems to me that reductionism and anti-reductionism
are often character traits rather than technical positions capable
of being debated. A reductionist will say "if attributes do not mean
something they mean nothing" while an anti-reductionist might
respond "it is a DTD/Schema function to allocate the particular
roles attributes/elements according to the methodology of the
DTD/schema designer: it is a source of richness for there to be
a syntactic disrinction which is methodogical neutral and available."
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