[xquery-talk] Re: The State of Native XML databases
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Tue Aug 21 08:29:43 PDT 2007
John Snelson wrote:
> I think a strong argument could be made that a criteria for being a well
> designed XML document is the ability to tell an element's type from it's
> name - or at least from the path to it. This is why I said XML /could
> be/ self describing.
I think a stronger argument can be made that the name is the type, and
even better that the type is merely a projection of the application's
type system onto the document. That is, an XML document has no
fundamental types, and this is a feature, not a bug. Different
applications may profitably choose to read the same XML document using
different types. The document itself is neutral and should remain this way.
Elliotte Rusty Harold elharo at metalab.unc.edu
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