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what's the difference between xml files that use xml elements vs tags with a bunch of attributes?

Posted on 2004-09-07
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Hi,

I thought xml files were suppose to  structured so that they were like this:
<Person>
   <name>Pete Smith</name>
   <age>23</age>
</Person>
<Person>
   <name>Mary Jones</name>
   <age>45</age>
</Person>

but my co-worker say they are easier to work with and just as good if you structure them like this:
<Person @name="Pete Smith" @age=23 </>
<Person @name="Mary Jones" @age=45 </>

What's the difference?  We are going to need to use a lot of SQL like selection of different records from the xml files.   Does one method make this easier?  What about xpath, the attributes method seems easier to find data no?

What about schemas and validation of the xml, which method is better for enforcing data validity?

Curious to hear what experienced developers have to say.  Thank you for sharing and helping.

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It is easier to work with the normal method. the one u are suggesting. For these reasons

1. It is a standard format accepted by all.

2. Some of the methods like DataSet.WriteXML - writes in this format.

3. When u use some of the methods like Finding the Child element of a node it expects to be in this format.
Eg: - XmlNode.AppendChild and XmlNode.ChildNodes
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There are more built class structures in .NET to work with XML vs. the other way
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by:Joe_Griffith
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The argument between elements and attributes has been going on since the beginning of XML.  Neither is right or wrong.  There is a brief discussion of the issue here:
http://www.xmlfiles.com/xml/xml_attributes.asp

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by:keepliving
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Hi,

Sorry to abandon this question. I personally do not have an objection to splitting the points.  123654789987 answer was the clearest but the others added to it.
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