Object-oriented serialization (Was Re: Some questions)
W. E. Perry
wperry at fiduciary.com
Sun Dec 5 18:59:45 GMT 1999
Is this not precisely the reason that 'behaviour' (or whatever we are eventually to call it)
of XLinks is indispensable? Not as a replacement for the document-centric assumptions that
text order is meaningful or that the implicit parent-child relationship of element containment
is significant, but as the mechanism for specifying (granted, to a perhaps more data-oriented
audience) either where these relationships should be explicit, or where they are replaced by
explicitly presented alternatives.
Rick Jelliffe wrote:
> Perhaps a major part of the problem is that sometimes the document order
> is meaningful and other times just an artifact of there being no "&"
> connector in XML content models, and there is no way to decide. And
> when the order is important, there is no way to label what its
> significance is; indeed, the same thing is true of every axis including
> the children and parent axes.
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