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>>Given the above, I'd say your heading toward reinventing XSLT (but without
using any of those messy namespaces)...<<
I am envisioning that this rearrangement of the information depends on XSLT
In my example of <record>s, and from the stand point of XSLT, I imagine a
template with select="e" which copies each <e/> to a <record/> plus all the
attributes on <g><gx><gi>...
So I do not see it as a coding method like XSLT, for defining how to
transform arbitrary xml tags to new forms, but it is rather one particular
obvious transform always from <e/> tags. The xml preparer is allowed to defer
the technical implementation of the transform to the recipient of the file.
In my specific example, we might expect the recipient expands to <record>s
before doing validation etc.
If it is a compression idea, then it is a persistent form of compression
residing within the otherwise identical flat xml. The "compressed" file is
the created file in step one, rather than creating a file and then
As for namespaces I think we would need to use something like <GE:e> and
<GE:g> tags in practice.
Peter Hunsberger wrote:
> On 7/8/05, bill palmer <email@example.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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