Hi Kevin,

  What FourThought/DC are currently doing with Zope will allow for fast 
transformations to memory-resident structured data( ZDOM or whatever ) to 
exportable XML documents( which are simply strings of characters ).  This 
introduces( to the Zope world ) cutting edge metaphors in web-application 
design.  All data to be served to a client is some form of XML: including 
HTML ( a better term: structured data ).  The internal structure, or 
representation( or "deep structure" if you are into Chomsky ),  is the 
data/knowledge as the web site managers see it- and most likely the most 
accurate and flexible when dealing with the particular information-domain( 
this is what theyre paid for :) ).  Each user has custom needs- and wants to 
see this information the way they( or the applications working on thier 
behalf ) are accustomed to.  So, architectually speaking, we need a way to 
easily and quickly construct XML documents from some meta-type( our internal 
structure ).  This is what ZDOM is accomplishing for us.

  Parsing is a expensive endeavor.  It is not practical to parse character 
streams every time we want to get at our data.  So the solution is to 
represent the data as something more computationally digestible.  Again : 
this is what ZDOM is accomplishing for us.

  Does this answer your question?

  have a good weekend,

  Josh Zeidner



    -"zippa-dee-doo-da" , uncle remus

>Hello,
>
>     Thanks for getting this document going. It's good to see where XML is
>going in Zope.
>
>     I do have a question, though. For me, the main value in XML has been 
>in
>its usefulness as a flexible interchange format. Right now, I can store 
>data
>as objects (either straight Python or ZClasses) in Zope and transform those
>into XML if I need to share it with the outside world (eg RSS). Similarly,
>though I haven't done this, I believe I can take XML from the outside 
>world,
>parse it and store it in objects in the database. Are there advantages to
>storing the data in Zope as XML vs. storing my data as objects?
>
>Thanks,
>Kevin
>
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