Storing Lots of Fiddly Bits (was Re: What is XML for?)

Paul Prescod paul at
Sat Jan 30 16:23:11 GMT 1999

"W. Eliot Kimber" wrote:
> Near as I can tell from my work in the STEP world and in the document
> world, the technology to manage data of this sort at the scales we need
> simply doesn't yet exist. I don't know if this is a hardware problem or a
> science problem, but I suspect it's a bit of both.  I suspect that the
> solution requires an entirely new way of thinking about storing little
> fiddly bits of data that is neither relational nor object nor
> object-relational, but is entirely else (or at least significantly enough
> else to be something different).

I think we have a definitional problem. I call anything that handles
"little fiddly graphs of data with links and annotations" an object
database. Is there someone in XML-DEV land with a better definition?
 Paul Prescod  - ISOGEN Consulting Engineer speaking for only himself

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