Always ready with the leading question. ;-) But Hugh points out quite rightly that a linkbase transport is a useful thing. For our own involvements system, I created an XLink like set for transport as an example. I believe that if we were to look around and ask ourselves how one could reliably send a set of complex relationship declarations among systems (something we don't do often apparently, we could do worse than XLinks). However, what it seems few are doing is using such as the original system design for an XML database implementation. If I had one of those AND a relational system, I might find that useful. How do the XML database vendors do it? Anyone? len From: Christopher R. Maden [mailto:crism@m...] At 06:22 AM 3/15/02, Len Bullard wrote: >Maybe I am just getting foggy in my dotage, but do we >need Xlinks if we use relational dbs and if so, for what >other than perhaps a convenient transport representation? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." If you've got a linkbase that works fine now, go with it - there is no need for you to use XLink except, as you say, as "a convenient transport representation." Of course, in many senses, XML itself is "just" a "convenient transport representation," with data coming from databases, generated from the state of some process, or otherwise not existing natively as pointy brackets. Of course, I think you knew this - but thanks for the leading question. (-: ~Chris - -- Christopher R. Maden, Principal Consultant, crism consulting DTDs/schemas - conversion - ebooks - publishing - Web - B2B - training <URL: http://crism.maden.org/consulting/ > PGP Fingerprint: BBA6 4085 DED0 E176 D6D4 5DFC AC52 F825 AFEC 58DA -----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: PGP Personal Privacy 6.5.8 iQA/AwUBPJOEC6xS+CWv7FjaEQLesQCgpkoNiEVPvkSKoSkfrLgKP4s/ZqAAoNhR y1If1dFvQ127GoIwozEEUZZH =A8Z5 -----END PGP SIGNATURE----- ----------------------------------------------------------------- The xml-dev list is sponsored by XML.org <http://www.xml.org>, an initiative of OASIS <http://www.oasis-open.org> The list archives are at http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/ To subscribe or unsubscribe from this list use the subscription manager: <http://lists.xml.org/ob/adm.pl>
PURCHASE STYLUS STUDIO ONLINE TODAY!
Purchasing Stylus Studio from our online shop is Easy, Secure and Value Priced!
Download The World's Best XML IDE!
Accelerate XML development with our award-winning XML IDE - Download a free trial today!
Subscribe in XML format