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On 7/8/05, bill palmer <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Sorry if this is an old idea. The more I have experimented with the idea
> recently, the more compelling it seems.
> What if repetitive fragments of xml had default non-flat format? Perhaps
> a "standard" non-flat syntax would be always recognized and flattened in
> a manner understood by all processors.
Depending on which direction you want to take this idea you've either
reinvented basic compression or XSLT.
> Essentially a block of flat records would be entered as <e/> leaf nodes
> of nested <g/> outer elements. All attributes on the <g/> elements would
> be repeated on the <e/> elements.
<snip type="explanation of the above"/>
Given the above, I'd say your heading toward reinventing XSLT (but
without using any of those messy namespaces)...