[SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?
pvelikho at cs.ucsd.edu
Mon Nov 29 21:52:42 GMT 1999
"Clark C. Evans" wrote:
> 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.
But every child provides details that modify the parent.
Consider this element:
And then the following element:
Same problem here, right? Every child modifies the parent.
Should not these cases be all semantically equivalent?
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