RFC: Attributes and XML-RPC
co at daisybytes.su.uunet.de
Wed Sep 22 12:44:22 BST 1999
>Attributes are for wispy little very optional things, if they are for
>anything at all.
Not true. In a classical document markup environment, attributes are an
important means to separate document content from metadata. It is much
easier to process (and eventually to ignore or filter, e.g. for
displaying/editing content) additional information that is encoded in a
different way than the document's content. XML was made for simple
processing, and attributes can be used to support this.
This content/attribute distinction may be less important for XML-RPC or
other data-exchange XML applications, but these are only one (admittedly
important) part of the XML picture.
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