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  • Subject: [newbie] Mapping a Map 101?
  • From: PA <petite.abeille@gmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Dec 2004 23:04:03 +0100
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Not quiet sure if this is the right forum for such a basic question,  
but here you go...

I would like to map a, er, map (as in java.util.Map) into a XML  
element... but I'm not quiet sure how "verbose" I should be...

For example:


The above pretty much "spell out" everything: a map is composed of  
entries containing key value pairs.

This is pretty much how XML-RPC defines a structure:


Alternatively, XStream encodes a Map pretty much like the above, but  
drops the inner <key/> and <value/> while still specifying an <entry/>  


Finally, Apple uses only one <key/> element in their property lists:


In theory a map element could get going by simply defining it as a  
succession of values:


Is there a more or less "agreed upon" scheme to define a map type  
structure in XML?

Thoughts? Alternatives?




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