Re: [newbie] Mapping a Map 101?
On Dec 13, 2004, at 15:17, Elliotte Harold wrote: >> Ok. Why would relying on such relationships be a "bad" thing though? >> What are the benefits of introducing an <entry> tag in the <dict> >> structure? > > 1. Most APIs/languages/tools such as XSLT can much more conveniently > operate on the parent-child relationship than the sibling > relationship. I see. So generally speaking, explicitly "normalizing" the data is mostly beneficial for the processing tools? Would a fully "spelled out" structure like the following make it easier for XSLT to process? Or is that "over-normalized"? <dict> <entry> <key> <string>aKey</string> </key> <value> <integer>101</integer> </value> </entry> </dict> > 2. It's more extensible. For instance, you could extend the entry > approach to include multi-valued keys and valueless keys quite easily. Yep. Make sense. Thanks! Cheers, PA.
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