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Re: [xml-dev] Attributes: syntax hacks

From: "Seairth Jacobs" <seairth@-------.--->
To: "xml-dev" <xml-dev@-----.---.--->
Date: 6/17/2003 5:36:00 AM
How about...

<ur l="me1.jpg"/>
<ul l="me2.jpg"/>

or some such...


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bullard, Claude L (Len)" <clbullar@i...>
To: "XML-DEV Discussion" <xml-dev@l...>
Sent: Friday, June 13, 2003 9:26 AM
Subject: [xml-dev] Attributes: syntax hacks

> A simple issue that pops up when using 
> XML to represent object-oriented languages 
> is the mismatch between fields and attributes. 
> If a field has structure, it shouldn't be 
> an attribute.  But when the expression is 
> simply repeatability (ie, the attribute 
> contains an array of string values), the 
> messy problem of spaces pops back out.
> To me these are ugly hacks:
> URL='"me1.jpg" "me2.png"' and 
> URL='&quot;me.jpg&quot;&quot;me2.jpg&quot;'
> and dicey because:
> o  they are vulnerable to authoring errors, 
> so weakening the XML document where it is 
> suppose to be strong: parse and go.
> o they are vulnerable to the machinations 
> of XML-like systems such as the SOAP 
> processor which does nothing with the 
> entity declaration.
> But considering that filenames can have 
> spaces in them in both MS and Unix operating 
> systems, other than stuffing %20 in the strings, 
> that is a likely solution.
> Other than 
> <url>me1.jpg</url>
> <url>me2.jpg</url>
> what are better solutions?
> len
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