[XML-SIG] Reconsidering the DOM API

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Wed, 28 Jun 2000 09:21:33 -0700

Benjamin Saller wrote:
> ...
> In many ways the
> DOM removes the human readable advantages of XML because code no longer
> reflects that the objects are human readable and carry with them domain
> knowledge.

The DOM gives you access to element type names. You choose whether to
use that feature or not. That's not to say that I am against extensions
to the DOM that make the XML-structure more central to the code but it
is hardly fair to take a single example that does not use attribute
names and extrapolate to all DOM code.

 Paul Prescod - Not encumbered by corporate consensus
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made the modern world possible.
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