Dynamically Displaying and Mapping XML Documents
Original Publication Date: 2003-Sep-12
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Sep-12
XML is important for business because it represents an open, standard-based solution to data exchange. Because of it's common format in the form of human readable grammar notation, it provides a common vehicle for data transfer between different databases, legacy systems and between different businesses. As a result, applications are developed which assumes hierarchical XML documents modeled in a form such as relational, which can then be used to query or extract information from the XML and/or combine it with data from other sources. Thus there is a need for a tool to exchange meta data and search the meta data. Plowing through an XML document or schema and trying to construct it's hierarchical form is often times very tedious, error prone and time consuming. In addition, the XML document itself can model very complex business applications. To be able to dynamically convert the XML format into a hierarchical representation for ease of use and try to map it dynamically to some sort of relational sources with matching elements, many difficult steps must be undertaken to manually achieve the result.