Relational Tables and structured documents

Jonathan Robie jonathan at
Sun Mar 22 16:36:58 GMT 1998

At 10:55 AM 3/20/98, Peter Murray-Rust wrote:
>At 22:37 21/03/98 -0500, Jonathan Robie wrote:
>[... PeterMR...]
>>This is rather analogous to the object-to-relational mapping problem. If
>>you define schemas in XML and define a mapping onto the relational
>>database, there is a solution. Or you can have someone define how the joins
>>should be made to create the XML elements. There is not, of course, a
>Thanks. This is indeed the solution I have been pursuing. My intention is
>to control the joins through a set of declarations (in XML :-) - this means
>that they can be reconfigured by different people/clients. I wondered if
>there was already a standard 'language' for this or whether I just hack my
>own and hope.
This is something I've been thinking about, but my thoughts are currently a
bunch of notes on pieces of scrap paper. I would love to discuss this with
anybody who is interested. I think that this is an extremely promising
area; ideally, I would like to see a solution more general than just
relational databases, but not as complicated as RDF.

jonathan at
Texcel Research

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