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From Uli Mayring <>
Subject Re: [vote] Development Roadmap
Date Thu, 11 Apr 2002 22:40:40 GMT
On Thu, 11 Apr 2002, Stefano Mazzocchi wrote:

> Forms generate highly structured data while browser-based content
> editing generates semi-structured data.
> These datasets are so different they can't be handled (nicely!) with the
> same database, why would you think this model doesn't apply to the data
> validation part?
> Sure, it would be nice to have one-size fits all (as it would be in
> databases, BTW), but I have the impression that a unified approach is
> going to be inelegant at least for one of the two sides (if not for
> both!).

That's a problem that CMS products face, too. I'm just mentioning this,
because there are a lot of very advanced (and $$$) CMSes out there and
they all have their own solution. Usually a company has some structured
data (like contact information, product lists, FAQs) and some unstructured
data (articles, marketing pages). It may help to look at what the major
CMS vendors do, especially the XML-based ones, just to get some ideas.


Ulrich Mayring
DENIC eG, Softwareentwicklung

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