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

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> Going the other way might require reordering the groups of records to place all with
> identical attributes together. Or the stylesheet could explicitly state the matching
> attributes that cause a <g><e/></g> block and that would be pretty easy. What is
> interesting is that users would do this grouping themselves ... they would do it as a
> matter of convenience when creating the <g><e/></g> blocks.
> The ultimate improvement of your example is an identity transform copying everything
> verbatim except this expansion of the <g><e/></g>. That is the stylesheet that would
> substantially implement what I am proposing for files preprocessed against the
> stylesheet. How easy is that? :)

Both of those (which would each only require a line or two of xslt) are
day to day faq questions on xsl-list Perhaps you should move this there,
or see the usual reference for grouping on Jeni's site

Grouping and flattening of hierarchical data is just what XML is all
about, so I'm not sure I understand this thread really. I think you are
proposing that the element names be hard coded into applications but
that would be going against the whole point of XML which is a meta
language for defining vocabularies. Specfic vocabularies such as xhtml
have fixed element names but XML has (almost) no fixed names at all.


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