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  1. #1
    Avianu Guest

    Managing XML content (present in multiple files)


    I am looking into implementing something like this:
    - Store reports of information in XML files.
    - When these files are requested individually XSL can convert
    them to HTML & display it (or I can prepare them as precanned
    html reports).
    - The real value of the XML structure is for the searching. Lets
    say I have student marksheets in the reports.(One marksheet per
    report), I have have a search like, show me all marksheets where
    the average marks are greater than 60%.
    Is XML equipped to make searches like this. Basically I want to
    search multiple files for specific tags, and then on a single
    page, show URL's for the matching files (with some summary),
    kind of like a mini-search engine.

    is this is right approach for such a problem?


  2. #2
    Jimmy Jack Guest

    Re: Managing XML content (present in multiple files)

    You could use PERL script to search through the files with contents matching
    a specific pattern (in this case, where average marks are greater than 60%).
    Then return the list of files matching the pattern to the user, with each
    file marked up as a URL. The user selects a file from the list which
    triggers the XSL transformation from XML to HTML.

    The powerful Regular Expression processing of PERL makes it an ideal
    platform to search through text files of any kind, including XML and HTML.
    Depending on the situation, this is far superior to using the MSXML3 DOM to
    open each file individually and then running an XPath query for pattern
    matching.

    Hope this helps.

    JJ

    "Avianu" <avianu@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:3aa12e1a$1@news.devx.com...
    >
    > I am looking into implementing something like this:
    > - Store reports of information in XML files.
    > - When these files are requested individually XSL can convert
    > them to HTML & display it (or I can prepare them as precanned
    > html reports).
    > - The real value of the XML structure is for the searching. Lets
    > say I have student marksheets in the reports.(One marksheet per
    > report), I have have a search like, show me all marksheets where
    > the average marks are greater than 60%.
    > Is XML equipped to make searches like this. Basically I want to
    > search multiple files for specific tags, and then on a single
    > page, show URL's for the matching files (with some summary),
    > kind of like a mini-search engine.
    >
    > is this is right approach for such a problem?
    >




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