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> Data-centric: The whole Schema crowd, who tend to see XML
> documents as
> equivalent to hierarchical databases
It probably depends on the use of the term "database", but "equivalent to"
is probably too strong a comparison. With XQuery, certainly, XML documents
start becoming more like databases, but I would wager simple data
serialization/deserialization using XML is by far the most common
data-centric use case at this time.
I would also say that data documents tend to be normalized: look at how JDK
1.4 bean encoding serializes hashmaps, for example. I don't know that
avoiding duplication of data components would be as much cause for concern