[XML-SIG] Useless fun thing for XML - comments or helpers?

Walter Underwood wunder@infoseek.com
Thu, 03 Sep 1998 09:53:58 -0700

>>3) In XML there are no standard ways of specifying lexical structure in
>>PCDATA (yet). Attributes give better (but still unsatisfactory) control.
>>I am thinking primarily of the date element type.
>><date yyyy = "2005" mm = "12" dd = "01"/>

On the other hand, there are times to specify structure without
using XML. The web profile of the ISO 8601 date format works
fine in this case. See http://www.w3.org/TR/NOTE-datetime for 
the details. Here are some versions of the above using ISO 8601:

  <date value="2005-12-01"/>
  <date scheme="ISO 8601">2005-12-01</date>
  <date scheme="ISO 8601" value="2005-12-01"/>

and so on.

By the way, thanks for all the work on XML parsing. We're using 
this to add XML support in future versions of Ultraseek Server,
our Python-based search engine.


Walter R. Underwood
wunder@best.com (home)