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Subject: Re: combine xml files
From: Ming <myu@xxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 08:01:48 -0600
combine xml xsl
Hi, Tom,

I think I can make it more clear with an example:

My saved searched files named: C9A1876A75333C9.tomcat1 (the session id). Each
entry is saved to this file after a user click on the check box in front of
each search result.

In this file, the entries are like these:

And each entry is a xml file. And the format of each xml file is like this:

        <author db=db1> Smith, J</author>
        <author db=db1> Mou, S </author>
       <title db=db1> Preliminary study on network (II) </title>

       <author db=db2> Smith, JR </author>   <!-- note here,  since it's the
same article, the author is the same

but displayed differently for different database -->
       <author db=db2> Mou, ST </author>
       <title db=db2> Preliminary Study on Network (II) </title><!-- same as
author, same article, but display title is slightly different -->

And here is my preference file (It can be in any format, here I just put it in
a text file with space delimited format):
filename: DbPref.txt
title: db2 db1 db3
author: db1 db3 db2

Actually, there are about 6 dbs (from db1 to db6). And each xml file (or each
record) can be in any one or more dbs.

So, my job is to display something like this on the website:
Title: Preliminary Study on Network (II)  <!-- note here, this title is from
title in db2, since db2 is the preferred title display database -->
Author: Smith, J; Mou, S  <!-- note here, the authors are from the authors in
db1, since db1 is the preferred author display database -->

I've thought about this over and over again and think maybe the way you
mentioned is a good idea. And what I need to do more is to add the preference
information (in order to do this, I may need to process each xml file in my
java servlet and find the preference) to the xml file. Something like:
<file title=db2 author=db1> xml file 1 </file>
<file title=db3 author=db2> xml file 2 </file>   <!-- note here, the record in
xml file 2 is in db 2 and db3 -->

I don't think  I answer your question correctly. But I really don't know how to
find a proper answer. So, I gave you this complete scenario. Hope this can help
to clarify the problem.

Thanks a lot.


"Thomas B. Passin" wrote:

> We're getting closer, I think.  If a work can appear, with a different
> format,  in more than one xml file, then how can you tell when an entry in
> one file is for the same work as an entry in another file?  You need to be
> able to do that, it would seem, or you won't be able to match up entries.
> What data is contained in any one xml file?  Is it data on one single work
> from one single database?  Is it many works, but all from one database?  Is
> it one single work, but possibly from many databases?
> Are you expecting to get a fast response when looking through 1000 files for
> each query?  How fast?  Or can it be a batch process?  Even doing a
> directory listing of 1000 files can take some time, depending on your
> system, and that's not doing any processing on the files.
> Cheers,
> Tom P
> [Ming]
> >
> > To make my explanation easier to understand (sorry for the misleading),
> I'm
> > going to describe my task.
> >
> > Actually I'm doing the "View Marked" function after a search.  The saved
> > searched are saved in a temporary file with the session id as the file
> name.
> > And each entry in the file is a complete path to a xml file. So, the
> number of
> > xml files saved in the temporary file can vary from 1 to 1000.  After the
> user
> > click on the view marked button, I need to display the title and author
> > information for each xml file to the user. So, it's a
> > dynamic process.
> >
> > For the title in each xml file, the title format for each database is
> slightly
> > different and so are others such as author. That's why we have a
> preference
> > list for titles, authors, etc because different group of people prefer
> > different display format for titles, authors, etc.
> >
> > Yes, I need to look through each xml record since some titles appears only
> in
> > one database and some appear in more than one database. So, the <db*> tags
> are
> > different. And I need to find out the most preferred one to display from
> my
> > preferrence list.
> >
> ...
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