[SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?

Pavel Velikhov 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?

Pavel Velikhov

xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev at ic.ac.uk
Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1
To unsubscribe, mailto:majordomo at ic.ac.uk the following message;
unsubscribe xml-dev
To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo at ic.ac.uk the following message;
subscribe xml-dev-digest
List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa at ic.ac.uk)

More information about the Xml-dev mailing list