Re: Caught napping!
Date: Fri, 09 Nov 2001 13:08:28 -0800 From: Ronald Bourret <rpbourret@r...> "Seaborne, Mark" wrote: > >Ouch!!!!! A fact about XML structures today, is that they promote data > >redundancy. > Isn't this the kind of thing that xLink can be used for? It is. But if you fully normalize your data and then XLink everything together, you've just built a relational database, so why not just use one to start with? (1) You don't have to flatten everything completely in order to avoid redundancy (see my earlier mail). (2) Maybe you want to be using XML documents for various reasons. Consider the ebXML Collaboration Partner Agreement: it's a document that spells out a business agreement between two partners. We want it to be a document, so that we can email it to each other, so that we can both look at it in a text editor, and so on. If the information were stored in a relational database, it would not be as convenient to transmit the data from one place to another nor to look at it. (Nevertheless, once you have a CPA document, you might want to store it in a database where it can be kept persistent, queried, and so on.)
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