pool XML format, was: Re: [PD] re: state saving
atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Mon Dec 1 16:21:05 CET 2003
Thomas Grill said this at Mon, 1 Dec 2003 13:55:56 +0100:
>My primary concern is whether values should rather be given as
><data>1 2 3 hu ha</data>
>rather than currently <value key="0">1 2 3 hu ha</value>
>Does that matter for automatic processing of XML data or database storage? I
>have practically no knowledge of XML conversion.
I must say that using the key as an attribute surprised me when I first
saw it, but it's not so bad.
I want to be able to filter through these files with XPath, mostly, and
after playing with a few of the alternatives on the table, it seems like
your original format is the best, if you want to have a uniform structure
that conforms to a generic DTD.
Something that would simplify XPath/XSLT processing in certain cases is
having a direct output of keys into elements:
<bkey>3 5 6</bkey>
...but I can see how this would descend into chaos pretty quickly if you
wanted to be generic.
So my vote is for your description as shown below.
Adam T. Lindsay atl at comp.lancs.ac.uk
Computing Dept, Lancaster University +44(0)1524/594.537
Lancaster, LA1 4YR, UK Fax:+44(0)1524/593.608
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