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   RE: [xml-dev] XLinks

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Always ready with the leading question. ;-)

But Hugh points out quite rightly that a linkbase 
transport is a useful thing.  For our own involvements 
system, I created an XLink like set for transport as 
an example.   I believe that if we were to look around 
and ask ourselves how one could reliably send a set of 
complex relationship declarations among systems (something 
we don't do often apparently, we could do worse than 
XLinks).  However, what it seems few are doing is using 
such as the original system design for an XML database 
implementation.  If I had one of those AND a relational
system, I might find that useful.

How do the XML database vendors do it?  Anyone?


From: Christopher R. Maden [mailto:crism@maden.org]

At 06:22 AM 3/15/02, Len Bullard wrote:
>Maybe I am just getting foggy in my dotage, but do we
>need Xlinks if we use relational dbs and if so, for what
>other than perhaps a convenient transport representation?

"If it ain't broke, don't fix it."  If you've got a linkbase that works 
fine now, go with it - there is no need for you to use XLink except, as you 
say, as "a convenient transport representation."

Of course, in many senses, XML itself is "just" a "convenient transport 
representation," with data coming from databases, generated from the state 
of some process, or otherwise not existing natively as pointy brackets.

Of course, I think you knew this - but thanks for the leading question. (-:

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