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> > OK, so how would you archive the results of a national
> > census? That's about as structured as you get. I would do it in XML.
> There are really three issues implied in this question: archive and
> public and private access.
You might read three questions but I only wrote one. I asked about archive.
> If one has to mix the concerns
> then XML is
> as good as anything. Personally, I'd rather separate them, generating
> XML for public access as needed.
You don't have to mix the concerns, and I didn't... I was asking about
> Personally, I'd want to know more about any application requirements
> before I'd say that XML alone would be sufficient.
The requirement for archiving a national census is to maximize the
probability of being able to extract the information, without loss, and to
minimize the cost of doing so, in say 100 years' time.