Need help modeling a taxonomy in XML
Viraf.Bankwalla at trw.com
Wed May 19 17:26:40 BST 1999
I would appreciate help / direction / references in determining whether XML is appropiate, and how to go about designing / implementing a solution to the following problem. I am trying to represent a taxonomy using XML. The taxonomy is 5 levels deep and each level may have several thousand terms. Multiple views of the taxonomy will be available to the user - for example :
View 1 View 2
+-L3-a | +-L1-a
View 1 above shows the prefered path to the term. View 2 shows a user selected term and it's parents. As the nodes are multi-axial the path to each of the root(s) are shown. The application also needs to be able to query the taxonony for terms.
The solution is currently implemented using a relational database. How would one go about modeling this in XML and what tools are available to search / manage the taxonomy.
When I initially looked at the problem it looked ideal for XML, however after having discovered that the nodes are multi-axial I'm not sure if XML or a relational database is the best solution.
Any help would be useful.
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