XML query engines

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Mon Feb 1 00:53:33 GMT 1999

At 08:24 PM 1/31/99 +73900, John Cowan wrote:
>Assign a sequentially increasing number to each *tag* (start-tag or end-tag)
>in the document, treating an empty tag as a start-tag followed by an
>end-tag.  Then e1 is a descendant of e2 iff e1.start > e2.start
>and e1.end < e2.end.  Also, e1 is a left sibling of e2 (and e2 is
>a right sibling of e1) iff e1.end + 1 = e2.start; e1 is the leftmost
>child of e2 iff e1.start = e2.start + 1.  Modeling the child/parent
>relationship is not so easy, and requires iteration.

This structure has all sorts of advantages; that's how the 
Open Text SGML-savvy search engine of yore used to run.  Fast as
hell, equal access to any & all elements without performance

But hard to update. 


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