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[Bug 5436] Editorial: replace 'attributed to' with 'bound to' ?

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Date: Tue, 29 Jan 2008 03:00:08 +0000
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           Summary: Editorial:  replace 'attributed to' with 'bound to' ?
           Product: XML Schema
           Version: 1.1 only
          Platform: Macintosh
        OS/Version: All
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Structures: XSD Part 1
        AssignedTo: cmsmcq@w3.org
        ReportedBy: cmsmcq@w3.org
         QAContact: www-xml-schema-comments@w3.org

To describe how elements in the instance are matched against specific
particles and terms, XSD has long used the concept of 'attribution'.
Elements are 'attributed to' specific particles; the unique particle
attribution rule guarantees that in context, there will never be any doubt
about which particle an element instance should be attributed to.

The concept also applies to attributes, whose treatment varies a bit if
they are attributed to a wildcard.

Phrases like 'X is attributed to Y' offer rich opportunities for 
confusion in any discussion involving XML, where attributes in a different
sense play a role, and it is not surprising that some readers of the spec
have raised their eyebrows quizzically, or complained bitterly, when they
encountered that usage in XSD 1.1.

Perhaps 'is bound to' would be less confusing? 

There may be some interaction with the current term 'default binding', but 
as bug 5157 illustrates, that term may be confusing in itself and it might
be worth changing it.
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