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   Re: XML-DEV JEWELS (was : XML-DEV on Groves)

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  • From: "W. Eliot Kimber" <eliot@isogen.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Sat, 12 Feb 2000 11:53:05 -0600

Thierry Bezecourt wrote:

> [Trying to understand how it works] To do that, if I'm correct, we
> would have to define a property set for mailing lists, where articles
> would be nodes, header fields would be properties of these nodes, the
> "References" header field would be used for links to other articles,
> and the "contents" would be the body of the article, which could
> contain links.  Then the formatting could be done with DSSSL and Jade
> to produce an on-line archive.  Is this a correct description of how
> groves could be used in the real world ?  It does not seem very
> difficult.

You've got it exactly. It's not particularly difficult, once you've got
the infrastructure for creating and managing grove nodes (e.g., PHyLIS,
pygrove, GroveMinder). It's just a simple matter of programming. That
is, if you know how to process the data you want to grovify, and you've
defined the grove representation of it, implementing the mapping from
raw data to grove nodes is not any more difficult than any other similar
programming task (e.g., using the DOM API, creating Java objects,
creating Python objects, etc.).

The hard part will be parsing the mail messages, not creating the node
objects in memory.




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