[sc34wg3] CXTM: The "reified" attribute
Lars Marius Garshol
larsga at garshol.priv.no
Wed May 14 08:33:43 EDT 2008
* Lars Heuer
> Would we lose much if the "reified" attribute goes away from the
> topic element?
We'd certainly lose a lot of very annoying and clumsy text. :-)
> The back reference (from a Topic Maps construct to the reifying
> topic) has to stay.
> The reified attribute is very expensive since the ordering of the
> reified Topic Maps construct has to be known if a topic is
> serialized into CXTM.
> If the attribute goes away, the serialization process can be done
> more lazily.
> IMO we wouldn't lose much if the "reified" attribute is removed from
> the topic, CXTM wouldn't be "less canonical".
I agree. I can't see that it's necessary, and it would simplify
implementations (and the spec) to leave it out. It would also, as you
point out, make CXTM implementations more efficient.
So I'm tempted to take it out.
Any other opinions on this?
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