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RE: [RDDL] Java Object Model

"Natural order" simply means the order indicated by the implementation of
the Comparable interface. For Strings, this is based on the Unicode
character values.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Jeff Rafter [mailto:jeffrafter@earthlink.net]
> Sent: Sunday, January 28, 2001 11:21 PM
> To: Jonathan Borden
> Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [RDDL] Java Object Model
> Potentially naive question:
> Is the use of a SortedMap (TreeMap in general) simply for 
> listing the keys
> or is there an explicit reason this interface was chosen.  Reading the
> TreeMap JavaDoc it says that it sorts the keys in natural 
> order but can be
> modified with a comparator.   Is "natural order" the order by 
> which the
> items were read into the cahce?  Or are they typically going 
> to sorted with
> an order of importance-- one schema type before another?
> I am looking to implement the API in another language and am trying to
> figure out what type of List I should return as I don't have 
> a SortedMap
> class.
> Sorry if this message proves flammable... <grin/>
> Thanks,
> Jeff Rafter
> Defined Systems