Re: XML tag usage question

Subject: Re: XML tag usage question
From: Michele Davis <michele -at- krautgrrl -dot- com>
To: Tech Whirlers <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 04 Apr 2006 14:47:58 -0500


My personal opinion would be to put the disclaimer in, that saves you a lot of time and you probably have a lot of other work to do than changing a bazillion documents. If you have nothing to do but that task I'd say go change every single document. Might drive ya a little buggy though.


Michele E. Davis, Writer
Kraut Companies
and the uber geek empyre

siliconwriter -at- comcast -dot- net wrote:

In defining an XML tag, you usually use the word "attribute" to describe a defined field within an element. My guy is using the word "prop", short for property. I believe that readers familiar with XML (which will be many of them) might be confused by our renaming of a familiar term. However, if I change "prop" to "attribute" throughout the paper, I must do so in every other paper written by the software department, and that's a lot of papers.
Should I change the word "prop" to "attribute" throughout the documents, or should I go ahead and accept this unfamiliar usage, possibly with a "disclaimer" or "definition" at the start of each chapter? The first benefits my readers, the second my client. Any thoughts?

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