RE: Notes on draft-hollenbeck-ietf-xml-guidelines-01.txt

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> From: Norman Walsh [mailto:Norman.Walsh@Sun.COM] 

> I actually find 4.6 (Element and Attribute Design 
> Considerations) a bit simplistic, but I'm not sure it's 
> wrong. Statements like "generally intended to contain 
> meta-data" don't ring true for me, but they're not bad design 
> principles anyway.

I prefer the simplistic design rule that FpML & MDDL use: only use
attributes for things that can apply globally to any element, use child
elements for everything else.  However, the only thing that matters in
most cases is to settle on something systematic that is not open for
discussion during your meetings.  If you can avoid the element vs.
attribute debate while developing your ML, you can do it in half the

Anthony B. Coates
XML & Search Architect
Chief Technology Office
Reuters Plc, London.

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Received on Monday, 29 April 2002 13:16:32 UTC