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  • To: Sean McGrath <sean.mcgrath@propylon.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] An alternative formulation of thedocument-centric/data-centric XML divide
  • From: "Kirkham, Pete (UK)" <pete.kirkham@baesystems.com>
  • Date: Thu, 03 Jun 2004 15:49:11 +0100
  • Thread-index: AcRJbbOMKxUvj1NRTZmkoowIV+47kwACKMOQ
  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] An alternative formulation of thedocument-centric/data-centric XML divide

> Sean McGrath
> Things get more interesting when you look at de-normalized
> tables, when you "un-flatten" the model you create for RDB work. I suspect
> when you do that,  you get closer to a power law distribution.

Yes, my structured data XML is about as close to power law as your document XML.

> Being an insufferable doc-head, I would of course argue that
> this points to documents - not inter-twingled tables - being the true Tao of
> information:-)

No, if anything the power law is an indication of the use of the 'structure denotes containment' idiom, which is in common use in both data and document domains.


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