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tblanchard@mac.com wrote:
> If XML is an "interchange" format - then why am I storing it?  Why don't 
> I convert it to my format (which I designed because it is convenient 
> where the XML "interchange" format is not).  Does this even make sense?  
> I don't think it does.

XML is not always an interchange format. Sometimes there is no benefit 
in defining a local view of the data. If the public view happens to be 
convenient enough, why transform to a local view merely for purity of 
architecture? In particular, in the document world, XML is a convenient 
repository format. It is useful to be able to query those documents in 
terms of their XML hierarchy.

I would agree that it very rarely makes sense to _replace_ SQL databases 
with XML databases. (though there will probably be some XML database 
vendors who will disagree)

  Paul Prescod


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