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  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] all group composition
  • From: "Hiebert, Steve" <steve.hiebert@hp.com>
  • Date: Fri, 1 Apr 2005 16:54:25 -0800
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  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] all group composition


The UI for data entry can very easily put the additions in the proper
order.  From that point on, the XML is easily searchable and processable
by humans and machines.  In the typical case, a document is written once
and read many times.

And I agree with the earlier poster who mentioned that if random order
is allowed, people will intuit patterns that don't exist.

I realize that I'm taking my life in my hands by disagreeing with Dr.
Kay but as Tommy told us years ago, "When order doesn't matter, it


Carlos Pita wrote:

>In my case, the user will enter a subset from
>a considerable number of properties and
>order is not significative. So although
>the properties are simple and intuitive per se
>and the user has no no need to specify
>or even know the entire set,

Michael Kay wrote:

>>My own recent experience of creating documents whose schema imposed an
>>that I found unnatural and impossible to remember was a very negative


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