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No, I'd say you are getting it. XML Doesn't Care.
It is just structured/named data. There are some
wrinkles to how that works determined by the context of
use (system rules).
Modules (even XSLT) that use XML do care. The
appropriate structure depends on the module. That
is why we brought up USE nodes. It's not just
a pointer; it is what is done with the thing pointed
to; in the case of a use node, it is copied on
render but is one data structure in memory. For
that application, pointing is faster than having
a duplicate. In X3D, deep nesting slows down
the application. Put a lot of named primitives
(spheres, boxes, etc.) into a scene and nest them,
and the frame rate will drop to sub 4fps rates;
say, crawls. Good authoring systems enable this
to be optimized and flattened into more efficient
representations like indexed face sets. The cost:
it's a one way conversion because information is lost.
The gain: fidelity to real time.
A more interesting coupling/cohesion study might
be the effect of certain kinds of standards for
schema development. For example, the UBL
naming standard is itself, 112 pages long.
That ripples across a lot of other standards.
Is coupling to that enhancing the cohesion of
the standards that couple to it?
From: Robert Koberg [mailto:email@example.com]
Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> Cohesion and coupling:
> and of course, the ultimate expression of homophilic principles, the Law
> "Only talk to your friends." For programmers, there are lots of articles
> this one.
I am having trouble applying OO to XML, but I read this from the above
"The Law of Demeter says that if I need to request a service of an
objects sub-part, I should instead make the request of the object itself
and let it propagate this request to all relevant sub-parts, thus the
object is responsible for knowing its internal make-up instead of the
method that uses it."
To me, if I have a nested structure in an XML instance and using XSL on
that I apply-templates (flow through the instance doc) and only do what
is in the XML. If I come across something that is a reference to
something else I can go out, get it, apply-templates on it and continue
where I left off.
If I have a flat structure in an instance doc I have to assume where
things go and place them in a more rigid way.
Am I just not getting it?