Why does the id attribute still contain a value 1 when the the value list with ID 1 has been deleted?
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XML DDR syntax is here, FileMaker Pro 15 Advanced Database Design Report XML Output Grammar
and the element you are talking is in <DDRInfo>.
It seems be there for convinience, says (about Field element)
"This is the field's storage repetition number, listed here again for external fields where it might not be possible to reference the field's definition."
Real field definition is another element like
(name is in text node, not attribute)