> On the other hand, proclaimed "native" XML databases (eg, Software AG's
> Tamino, Ixiasoft's TEXTML) store the "XML-wrapped" data in the database...no
> need to wrap and unwrap the metadata, document/data structure from the data.

Isn't that more than a bit stupid?  Databases are for storing data, not metadata.  Ask 
Monty why he doesn't store data natively as
XML.  Short answer: it's stupid, unless all you ever want to see from your database is 
XML-wrapped data and never want to see it any
other way.

The whole world isn't XML, nor should it be.  40+ years of working with data tells us 
that you ALWAYS want to store data in its
simplest form.


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