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Bob Foster wrote:
> > Is there more to "static
> > transformations" than I understand ?
> Probably less. "static transformation" is a truly awful term for
> dynamic transformations done when new information arrives.
So, more generally, "static transformations" means that each time
new data is available it is transformed into the output format ready to
be sent to the clients.
> A "static transformation" can only be interpreted as a storage
> technique at all if you assume that the result of the transformation
> is then stored on the website awaiting requests for it.
Yes. There is one particularity in this case: the output format is
XML and not XHTML as one would expect. This is weird because it is most
likely that mobiles and handheld devices do not understand XML.
> Incidentally, you keep trying to insert HTML into the discussion, but
> there is no mention of HTML in the problem. One would assume (however
> unrealistically) that query responses are being sent as XML.
After reading your answer I started to better understand the
question. I always assumed that the result of a static transformation is
(X)HTML which is of course wrong: the output can be XML, (X)HTML or any
other UNICODE text.