[REBOL] Re: REBOL and XML
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
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.