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Re: [xml-dev] So maybe ID isn't a problem after all.
On Tuesday 13 November 2001 08:52 am, John Cowan wrote:
> > (B) The other choice we can make is to say that ID-ness is important.
> I agree with this view, and on primarily data-centric grounds. Without
> IDs, XML can only serialize trees. With IDs, it can serialize
> arbitrary graphs in a fairly application-independent way, at least
> within a single document. This is often an important facility.
> > The only solution that I've seen that works with choice (B)
> > is xml:idatt(s).
> I agree.
XML itself doesn't do anything with graphs, even with ID/IDREF pairs, beyond
simple validation of constraints. As such I have to disagree with your
assertion that "Without ID's, XML can only serialize trees" and put it down
If I have a document:
<p>Some text goes here.<anchor name="bar"/></p>
<p>Some more text goes here.<link name="bar"/></p>
have I defined a graph or a tree? How do you know? How does the XML processor
know? If I changed this to declare the "name" attributes as CDATA, does it
change? How about if I define them as ID/IDREF?