Quoting "LeVan,Ralph" <[log in to unmask]>:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > > I've built systems with proximity across elements. Imagine this
> > > <rec>
> > > <author>C. J. Cherryh</author>
> > > <title>Brother at Arms</title>
> > > <author>Terry Pratchett</author>
> > > <title>Small Gods</title>
> > > </rec>
> > I don't quite understand what you are trying to markup?
> > What's the semantics? Multiple titles, multiple authors?
> Author/title pairs
I've gathered that..
> > A very usefull query in something like:
> > <rec>
> > <item>
> > <author>C. J. Cherryh</author>
> > <title>Brother at Arms</title>
> > </item>
> > <item>
> > <author>Terry Pratchett</author>
> > <title>Small Gods</title>
> > <item>
> > </rec>
> We don't always get to define how the records we get are structured.
But you are, de-facto, also demanding that the user also know and understand
how the records you get are structured to be able to search them.
From a systems view how you get records and how you use records are different
things and there is no rule, is there, that does not allow one to
pre-process the records you get.. Most of us do this anyway.. for example
with SGML we always ran it through entity and tag normalization so that
we could parse in our engine without needing to bother much about the DTD---
this was afterall the motivation that led to XML as eventually presented
at SGML-Europe/Munich nearly a decade ago (not to be confused with the
XML mess that has since evolved) to institionalize common practice of over
the decade previous to that..
Does it make sense (as you seem to be suggesting) to demand that users
understand the syntactical mark-up of the records you get to be able to
search them? Does not sound very interoperable to me--- even if one is
singing using the same set of notes the meaning of the words is different
and so the melody.
The question was: Is "Brother at Arms" the title of a book by "Cherryh"
Seems like its more natural to ask if any object or items with the title
"Brother at Arms" has the author as Cherryh. You are suggesting.. in onder
to ask the question the user should ask about... And at the next place..?
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