Data manipulation languages for XML (was Query Languages ...)

Joe Lapp jlapp at
Tue Nov 18 14:55:55 GMT 1997

Richard Light suggests that we use the term "Data Manipulation
Language" when talking about this query/edit language in order
to avoid further confusion.

In the computer security industry ("rainbow series" books), we
use the term "access" to denote any kind of interaction with
information objects.  For example, we say, "Read access" or
"Write access."  The term "DAC" ("Discretionary Access Control")
uses "access" in this sense to describe the security policy
that may be in place to protect information objects.

I like the term "Data Access Language" or just "Access Language"
a bit more.  This is partly because of my security background
and partly because it is quite shorter.  Besides, in my mind the
term "manipulation" conjures images of editing and not querying.

Just a suggestion.
Joe Lapp (Java Apps Developer/Consultant)
Unite for Java! -
jlapp at

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