RFC: Attributes and XML-RPC

Marcus Carr mrc at allette.com.au
Thu Sep 23 20:16:38 BST 1999

Mark Nutter wrote:

> >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
> it?

"Processing instructions (PIs) allow documents to contain instructions for applications."
Applications have always made use of processing instructions in wierd and wonderful ways -
there's no reason to believe that application designers will always maintain the separation of
their use from a characteristic of the data.


Marcus Carr                      email:  mrc at allette.com.au
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