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   RE: [xml-dev] Data Oriented and Document Oriented Defintions

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Well now you've gone and done it. :-)

It's a false or weak distinction but when used 
it has more to do with the source of the information 
and how that shapes the XML structure and features 
used, so you are basically right.  At the extremes, 
say Docbook vs a serialized relational database, it 
appears to be a clear distinction, but then given a 
Docbook text for say a technical manual with tables 
of information, say illustrated parts breakdowns that 
can be maintained in relational form, one sees that 
it isn't.

From an older perspective, that of SGML, they are 
all documents.  


From: George Richard Russell [mailto:George.Russell@cis.strath.ac.uk]

I was wondering if there was a "good" definition of both data 
"record-like" and document oriented "narrative" XML which is either 
widely accepted, or otherwise published in the academic literature.

I have been unable to find a usable definition, and wondered if one was 
known to those on this list. Has anyone gone through the features of XML 
1.0 and attempted to partition them into data|doc|both? Or does it seem 
more likely that the split occurs in how the various features are used, 
as opposed to what features?

Apologies for possibly awakening a permathread.


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