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I looked up two definitions of data model; both can be paraphrased as:
"The documented design of a database [ed: data store] that identifies and
organizes data logically and physically."
On the meta level, XML is not limited in the types of designs or data stores
it can describe.
On the document level, there's no mandate (DOM and Infoset not withstanding)
that the information in an XML document be stored in a preordained data
structures or, for that matter, in any nontransient data structures (re:
Zo, schtop mit da XML ist ein data model already!
> Don Box wrote:
> 2) The community at large is waking up to the fact that XML
> is a data model to be embraced, not a weird syntax to be
> hidden below layer upon layer of goop.
> In my experience it's a serious source of interoperability
> problems when
> people try to pretend that XML is a data model, not a syntax;
> they are
> (to quote you) "trying to mask the existence of XML
> altogether". Your
> application and mine probably have profoundly different needs in the
> data-modeling department, XML lets us interoperate anyhow.
> I've always
> thought that's where the big win was. -Tim