Separation of Content and Structure

Kay Michael Michael.Kay at
Mon Jul 26 11:20:46 BST 1999

> may we consider the questions, "How might the relational 
> database remain useful to content publishers when we are motivated to use
> to separate content from structure"? and "What will become of the 
> relational database"?

XML greatly increases the value of relational databases to content
publishers because it enables you to use an RDB to store objects that have a
less rigid structure than hitherto.  
> Do any of those who have a command of the use of XML remain 
> using relational databases and in which context as a development tool
> the relational database remain useful?

In any context where you have lots of small textual items with similar
structure, e.g. classified advertisements, holding these as XML documents
within a relational database is an ideal architecture.

Actually XML has enabled us to increase our use of relational databases and
abandon the use of object databases for this task.

Mike Kay

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