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Re: What approaches do people use to create tag names and attr

  • From: "Mukul Gandhi" <gandhi.mukul@g...>
  • To: "Costello, Roger L." <costello@m...>
  • Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2007 16:51:58 +0530

Re:  What approaches do people use to create tag names and attr
I think, in the case of XML content modeling also, the techniques used
for logical and physical data modeling can be used (mostly used in
RDBMS world).

The steps for logical data modeling are:
First from the problem domain, we get the entity names (along with
their attributes); for e.g.

Entity: Book
Attributes: Name, Author, ISBN, Price

During logical data modeling, we also identify the relationship
between entities.

During physical data modeling, we add details to the logical model.
In RDBMS world, we map entities to the tables, and the relationships
between entities (in the logical model) are mapped to the foreign key

We can apply similar concepts for the XML world. From the logical
model, we can derive the XML Schema.

On 10/13/07, Costello, Roger L. <costello@m...> wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> I am putting together a list of approaches that people use to create
> tag names and attribute names.  I am interested in your input.
> 1. Domain experts are consulted; the experts create (through a
> consensus process) a label for each information item.  Those labels are
> used as tag and attribute names.
> 2. There is an existing database; the database column and table names
> are used as the XML tag and attribute names.
> 3. An organization has already created a set of tags and attributes;
> they are used.
> 4. There exists a data requirements document; tag and attribute names
> are distilled from the requirements document. (I am not clear on how
> tag and attribute names can be systematically distilled from a
> requirements document; do you have insights on how to do this?)
> Are there other approaches that people use to create tag names and
> attribute names?
> /Roger

Mukul Gandhi

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