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I think this sums things up nicely and also matches the degree of
implementation difficulty. One also shouldn't discount the utility of
the simpler storage mechanisms -- there's always applications for which
they are sufficient.
Ken North wrote:
> The techniques I mentioned were presented in an order that's basically moving up
> the food chain: CLOBs -> storing structure information -> XMLType.
> Even if you're storing XML in a CLOB, there's added value in providing to the
> DBMS a definition of the document structure.