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   RE: [xml-dev] terra incognita

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On Wed, 19 Dec 2001, Jeff Lowery wrote:

> > The original poster mentioned CSVs which for all intents and
> > purposes will
> > always be smaller files than their XML counterparts.
> Of course, CSV's aren't self-describing. I've spent many hours trying to
> debug CSV output and the eye-crossover point occurs much sooner with CSV
> than with XML. Data handles are handy.

CSV can be self describing, if you use the common variant that has column
headings in the first row :-)

I once defined a CSV SCHEMA format. The CSV SCHEMA for a CSV SCHEMA file
looked like this:

ColumnName,VARCHAR(32) -- ColumnNames must be unique within a schema
ColumnType,VARCHAR(128) -- ColumnTypes are SQL92 types

In theory, you could do CSV with namespaces too; the above schema is set
in the collision-ridden null namespace, but it could be written:




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