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   Re: [xml-dev] ConciseXML arguments

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On Sunday 19 January 2003 17:52, Mike Plusch wrote:
> Out of the 50 email messages about
> ConciseXML, almost all of the comments
> have been of the sort:
> "but ConciseXML is not XML 1.0!".
> Although this is a true statement,
> how about any comments on the two
> key problems that ConciseXML fixes that
> are reoccuring issues across the industry.
> 1. XML 1.0 is verbose and is not suitable
>    for many applications that people would
>    like to use it for.  People invent new
>    syntax all the time to avoid XML 1.0.
>    For example, XPATH, XQuery, string
>    encodings, CSV data, etc.
> 2. There is not a single way in XML 1.0 to
>    represent data fields that have a key and value
>    where the key can be any type and the value
>    can be any type.

Use elements for everything and have no distinction between 
properties-of-this-object and nested-object :-)

Or don't nest objects, treat it like an address space:

<objectPool root="SAKFDLSFDAN">

<object id="SAKFDLSFDAN" type="Person">
  <field name="Name" type="String" value="Alaric Snell" />
  <field name="FaveFood" type="Food" value="SP3MDFNDFE" />

<object id="SP3MDFNDFE" type="Food">


It's a bit messy, but it works, it enforces the semantic distinctions, and it 
also rather neatly allows for an arbitrary (cyclic!) graph of 
interconnections rather than hierarchial single-ownership.

Sadly, it's not very nice to look at in XML; I prefer the s-expression 
approach myself *wicked grin* :-)

     Name: "Alaric Snell"
 FaveFood: (Food ...))


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