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> > Of course, it's not just a matter of parsers, eh? I know the
> > basis of TransQuery is that one can have the XML database look
> > sort of like an oversized EPE whereas each top-level node
> > represents a separate document in the database, right?
> That was one idea, but things like IDs and base URIs that require document
> identity to be maintained forced me to stick with viewing the XML database
> as a simple node-set containing only root nodes.
Good point about IDs, but base URIs needn't have been a problem. XPath provides for each node to have its own distinct base URI, to the XML DBMS could simply assign top-level node base URIs according to their path within the repository.
And I'm not sure how your solution fixes the ID problem. Isn't there still scope for inconsistency if IDs clash across documents?
Uche Ogbuji Fourthought, Inc.
Track chair, XML/Web Services One (San Jose, Boston): http://www.xmlconference.com/
RDF Query using Versa - http://www-106.ibm.com/developerworks/xml/library/x-think10/index.html
WSDL and the Wild, Wild West - http://adtmag.com/article.asp?id=6004
XML, The Model Driven Architecture, and RDF @ XML Europe - http://www.xmleurope.com/2002/kttrack.asp#themodel