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Working with XML
Reading and Writing XML with the Document Object Model (DOM) : XML terminology : XML document structure : XML attributes
XML attributes
Elements can have additional information called attributes attached to them. Attributes describe properties of elements. Here is an example of an element with an attribute, emp-num:
<employee emp-num="1">
An attribute is some data that further describes its element. When comparing an XML document to a database record, a programmer is free to interpret a particular database field as an attribute of the parent element (the record or database row) or as a child element of the parent. Thus, you could also see the previous example as: