XML Conversion

Len Bullard cbullard at hiwaay.net
Mon Nov 8 16:03:10 GMT 1999

jess_nemis at inod.com wrote:
>      Now my question is: is it really necessary to tag all items, say, in a
>      bibliographic reference, 

The idea is to tag that which you want to identify later by logical 
location if the logical structure is the means for establishing a 
persistent identity.

In effect, XML does not care how much tagging you use. 
You have to determine the requirements of the information in the 
dimensions in which that information participates and by which it 
may be referenced.  A reference by unambigous name value is the 
easiest.  Having the logical structure and the name it provides 
may not be optimal for other processes/dimensions.  You can 
use non-name link and location types such as counting in a 
text string (eg, split) but as the complexity of naming decreases, 
there is usually a complementary increase in the complexity 
of processing to locate a unique item.  Uniqueness and 
persistence are the requirements for identity.

It is a level of detail issue.


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