XML parsing performance

David Brownell david-b at pacbell.net
Wed Oct 27 20:01:53 BST 1999

Vilya Harvey wrote:
> >  2) Using attribute's instead of nodes.
> This is probably a bit of a red herring, although it may have some (fairly
> negligible) impact depending on the parser you use.

Depends on the DTD you use, actually.  I think attributes are more
expensive to parse; they certainly need normalization and defaulting,
which elements don't use.  Parsers fill out an auxiliary data structure
and then scan it ...

Don't get me wrong, this shouldn't be a design consideration, but I
do believe that there's a minor price to pay in _all_ parsers.

- Dave

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