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  • From: "Roger L. Costello" <costello@mitre.org>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk, costello@mitre.org
  • Date: Mon, 08 Mar 1999 10:55:56 -0500

Hi Folks,

We have some beginner's questions on Architectural Forms.

The motivation for this message is our interest in creation, discovery,
sharing and reuse of mappings. 

- How powerful is the correspondence that you can express with
Architectural Forms?  Is it essentially limited to renaming and

- In addition to using Architectural Forms to express correspondences
that are known a priori, could you use them to document mappings that
are discovered "on-the-fly" by modifying a document or DTD after a
mapping is discovered?

- It appears to be the case that the correspondence between A and B must
be documented in a way that keeps the mapping tightly coupled to either
A or B. Are there any plans to represent the correspondence so that it
is not tightly coupled to either A or B?

- Is it a correct interpretation to say that Architectural Forms
represent correspondence by overloading existing language constructs?

- Given that subtyping and inheritance have been part of the primary XML
"schema" proposals, is it likely that XML Architectural Forms will be
overtaken by advances in the XML schema area?

Thanks.  /Roger

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