[SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?

Clark C. Evans clark.evans at manhattanproject.com
Mon Nov 29 21:20:23 GMT 1999

On Mon, 29 Nov 1999, Joshua E. Smith wrote:
> Sure, you can normalize this to:
> <Thing>
>  <Id>foo</Id>
> </Thing>
> But, well.... yuck.  This is just... strange.
> Doesn't it strike you as perverse to dive into the sub-elements of an
> element to get a handle to the parent?

Yes it does.  It also requires that the _entire_ element be read
in (till its end tag is encountered) just in the case that a child
provides details which modify the parent -- in this case, the
parent's identifier.

;) Clark

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