RFC: Attributes and XML-RPC

Mark Nutter mnutter at fore.com
Wed Sep 22 15:49:47 BST 1999

At 12:09 PM 09/22/99 +1000, Marcus Carr wrote:
>for example what would the status be of the
>processing instruction in the following (incomplete) fragment?
>    <security>c</security>
>    <title>Wheeled Armoured Toys</title>
>    <para0>
>       <? You can start that baby without a key... ?>
>       <security>u</security>
>Would it inherit the "c" classification from the ancestor security element 
>or would "u" be applied
>because it exists inside the para0 element?

Isn't this an improper use of processing instructions?  Your question seems 
to be concerned with which security attribute the processing instruction 
would have, but I did not think processing instructions were supposed to 
*have* attributes (or child-elements, for that matter).  The security level 
ought to be completely irrelevant to the processing instruction, shouldn't 


Mark Nutter, <mnutter at fore.com>
Internet Applications Developer
FORE Systems
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