[xquery-talk] Re: The State of Native XML databases
rpbourret at rpbourret.com
Tue Aug 21 07:48:02 PDT 2007
Fair enough, but there are probably use cases in the integration world
where this is not possible or very, very difficult, especially if you
don't have control over the sources you are integrating.
For example, you might have Name elements in different parts of the
document with different structures -- in one place, a Name might simply
contain a person's name as a string; in another place, a Name might
contain child elements describing the different parts of the name
(Given, Family, etc.)
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.
> Of course, there are plenty of badly designed XML formats out there.
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