On Wed, 23 Jun 2004 11:17:51 -0400, "Houghton,Andrew"
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> Over a year ago, I pointed out that MODS, and now MADS, should not
> use hard coded values in the XML schema, but instead should use
> URI's to define these types of values.  By using URI's you make
> the schema more flexible.

Don't know much about the uri issue, but flexibility is why I was also
arguing against the heavy reliance on attributes in mads (and indeed

For example, if you have <variant> you can always later add whatever
specific child elements (or offer finer control of the element) than if
you just have this coded only in the "otherVariant" attribute.