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From: bry:itnisk at: 20-Mar-2003 19:03

>As I've said >before (and Bryan disagrees) strictly hierarchical structures are a big >mistake. But they are a dominant data format for information
interchange. I disagree from a point of what I would normally consider atrocious logic, that is to say I don't think they are a big mistake BECAUSE they are a dominant data format. Or to put it in a less tautological way, I believe hierarchical structures are a dominant data format, and a recurring way of formatting data, because hierarchies are ingrained in human consciousness as a primary way of understanding reality, thus even if technological constraints for a period of time makes a relational, tabular, or flat structure better I suppose that the need for and resurgence of a hierarchical structure will always be achieved by the tendency of humans to 'hierarchisize'. Must be a word for that somewhere.