Simon Pepping wrote:
On Thu, Jan 01, 2004 at 12:20:09AM -0000, [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:

------- Additional Comments From [EMAIL PROTECTED]  2004-01-01 00:20 -------
Alt-Design addresses this problem by the simple expedient of processing
properties in integer property number order.

In main that is not possible. When a compound attribute is
encountered, a compound property is made in which the components are
set to default values. Then the specified component is set to the
specified value. After this it cannot be told which components were
specified by the user and which were defaulted by the
program. Therefore, before dealing with the compound attribute, the
base attribute should be processed if that is specified as well.

This would be different if the compound property would not be filled
with default components, but with null components.

That's why a flat property space is not only feasible, but desirable. Compound properties are an unnecessary complication.

Peter B. West <>

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