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   Re: Compound Documents - necessary for success?

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  • From: keshlam@us.ibm.com
  • To: xml-dev-digest@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 29 Jan 1999 09:15:39 -0500

Just to state the alternative to a "document of documents": a meta-document
structure can address many of the same needs, at some loss of
locality-of-reference. Consider the direction that Xlink is taking, where
in addition to documents being able to specify links to each other --
including links that essentially function as "import" or "include" requests
-- it's possible to write a separate document that builds associations
between two documents that are completely unaware of this higher-level

Hyperlinking and metadata aren't a 100% overlap with the
document-of-documents concept; there obviously are times when you really do
want all the information to be bundled together (for digital signature of
the composite, perhaps, if it's to be treated as a single legal document).
But this may be another case where the simple solution handles 90% of the
problem for 10% of the effort.

Joe Kesselman  / IBM Research
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