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>> Better to choose a container that fits the shape of your data.
What comes to mind is the hierarchical organization of the COBOL Data Division,
with COBOL writing to an ISAM or IMS container. Hmmm...
Selecting a physical data model that matches the nature of the data is a classic
solution, but there are other schools of thought (such as separating the logical
and physical model).
Did the pre-DOM, pre-XML deliberations about SGML for the Web consider different
models for a document? For example, what about a document as nested sets?
======== Ken North ===========