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attribute vs. CDATA
Joined: Aug 12, 2006
Oct 13, 2006 11:49:00
I'm new to XML. I cannot decide if I should save information as attributes or as CDATA. Below are the two versions. Which way should I go and why?
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <userList> <user name="_name_1" password="_password_0"/> <user name="_name_1" password="_password_1"/> <user name="_name_1" password="_password_2"/> </userList>
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?> <userList> <user> <name> _name_1 </name> <password> _password_1 </password> </user> <user> <name> _name_2 </name> <password> _password_2 </password> </user> <user> <name> _name_3 </name> <password> _password_3 </password> </user> </userList>
Joined: Aug 22, 2006
Oct 25, 2006 02:29:00
You should go for the first one (the attribute version).
Reason: name and password are attributes of a user.
Only if you are not able to represent in the first method you can go for the second method.
You can go for CDATA under following situations.
I agree. Here's the link:
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