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RE: XML versus Relational Database

Title: RE: XML versus Relational Database
Ok.  Just as some resist XML in favor of a context-free parse, the notion
of context keeps coming up (watching an upheaval in the X3D design
debates over wrapper tags).
I'm hard pressed to consider XML more context-free than a relational
table which has no explicit order, relying on indexes for optimized search.
Given XSLT/XPath and the DOM API, context seems to be everything.
So please explain to me the semantic being imposed.  It seems relevant
to almost every thread these days and I wish to learn more.  I apologize 
in advance if you have to explain in simplifications.  Always appreciated.

Len Bullard
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-----Original Message-----
From: Linda Grimaldi [mailto:grimlinda@earthlink.net]
Agreed that the semantic problems do not go away; however, one can argue that the data store should not complicate the semantic issue any further by imposing its own semantic notions upon the data.  A completely "context free" database is perhaps not possible, but we can get closer.