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RE: [xml-dev] Lightweight browser-based XML / Form editor fortaxonomies with support for nesting /recursion


As an aside to your original question, have you looked at existing taxonomy data models such as Zthes <http://zthes.z3950.org/> and SKOS <http://www.w3.org/2004/02/skos/>.

Not that I'd particularly recommend Zthes myself, personally I prefer SKOS, but if you're looking for an easier way to maintain your taxonomy then both Zthes and SKOS provide a non-contextual model for representing your hierarchy of concepts that do not require you to 'physically' maintain the hierarchy in your XML.

Although SKOS is an RDF vocabulary, its XML serialisation (RDF/XML) would be perfectly suitable for building and managing a taxonomy using a 'light-weight' XML editor.



-----Original Message-----
From: Lech Rzedzicki [mailto:xchaotic@gmail.com] 
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 4:53 PM
To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
Cc: Pawel Katarzynski; Alex Muir
Subject: [xml-dev] Lightweight browser-based XML / Form editor for taxonomies with support for nesting /recursion


What would you recommend for authoring XML structures that look more
or less like this:

    <group xml:id="1">
        <group xml:id="2">
            <group xml:id="3">
                <item xml:id="4">

Generally this is supposed to represent taxonomies in XML and the
deepest I have witnessed so far is 9 levels deep, but not necessarily
the limit, the taxonomies tend to get quite big as well, so I guess
it'd be good to only fetch a portion of the whole tree at a time...
XML seems like a perfect fit for representing such a taxonomy (is it?
- another discussion I guess) but I'm looking for an easy way to
prototype authoring of it - some button to add group or an item and
ideally a treeview UI element with a possibility of
collapsing/expanding portions of the tree.
So far I have looked at Axel and XForms but they don't seem to deal
with recursion that well (or do they)? Any suggestion are welcome -
perhaps a js library or a server-side framework - as long as it is sth
that will get me there with the least amount of plumbing...



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