[SML] Whether to support Attribute or not?

Rick Jelliffe ricko at allette.com.au
Sun Nov 28 04:07:08 GMT 1999

From: Pavel Velikhov <pvelikho at cs.ucsd.edu>

 >Rick Jelliffe wrote:
>> From: Pavel Velikhov <pvelikho at cs.ucsd.edu>
>> >If you don't know whether the object you are picking is an
>> >attribute or an element, you will have to write a disjunction.
>> When don't you know whether an object you are picking is an
>> attribute or an element?
>> Rick Jelliffe
>When you are querying a collection that does not have a DTD for
>example. You may know that homes have an id, but you don't know
>whether the id is an attribute or a element. Another case is a
>relational->XML wrapper, it export relational attributes as
>XML attributes, but might as well export them as elements.

Isn't your complaint really that there is no standard mapping from
a relational schema to a notional DTD/Schema?  Let alone for
round-tripping.   A policy that said "1 field equals 1 element"
would meet your requirements even in XML ; SML reduces
the choices in one area, but not enough to make querying work

Without such a mapping policy, you cannot assume anything about
what is returned by a query.  If the database uses case-sensitive names,
which case is returned for the generic identifier? If the data is stored
as a date, what date format is returned?  If a text field is used, can
text field contain markup?

So it would be a standard mapping policy that would fix the problem,
in any markup language.

Rick Jelliffe

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