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   Re: [xml-dev] Idea - std. non-flat <g><e/></g> syntax

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On 7/8/05, bill palmer <palmer@execpc.com> 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)...

Peter Hunsberger


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