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   Re: [xml-dev] [newbie] Mapping a Map 101?

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On Dec 13, 2004, at 15:17, Elliotte Harold wrote:

>> Ok. Why would relying on such relationships be a "bad" thing though? 
>> What are the benefits of introducing an <entry> tag in the <dict> 
>> structure?
> 1. Most APIs/languages/tools such as XSLT can much more conveniently 
> operate on the parent-child relationship than the sibling 
> relationship.

I see. So generally speaking, explicitly "normalizing" the data is 
mostly beneficial for the processing tools?

Would a fully "spelled out" structure like the following make it easier 
for XSLT to process? Or is that "over-normalized"?


> 2. It's more extensible. For instance, you could extend the entry 
> approach to include multi-valued keys and valueless keys quite easily.

Yep. Make sense.





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