[tmql-wg] Proposed changes to existing requirements

Lars Marius Garshol larsga@garshol.priv.no
11 Apr 2003 13:45:02 +0200

* Lars Marius Garshol
| Let me propose:
|   "It shall be possible to interpret TMQL result sets as topic maps."

* Robert Barta
| This sounds good, but I wonder what the other alternatives are. Is
| it
|   "It shall also be possible to interpret TMQL results as a table?"

The alternatives are really anything you can imagine, I'd say. I don't
think we should make it a requirement that they can be interpreted as
a set or a table or any particular data structure. We can leave that
open, since what result sets will look like will necessarily depend on
the approach taken by the query language.
* Lars Marius Garshol
| I'm uneasy about putting in too much distributed querying stuff into
| TMQL since I feel that that really belongs in implementations.
| Holger's requirement just said that we should avoid screwing that up
| for implementors, which is good.
* Robert Barta
| It is, but IMHO, it would really help to see some implementation
| ideas for this feature. The more possible usage
| scenarios/application cases are on the table the more a standard can
| integrate them smoothly.

Oh, sure. I'm just not convinced that we want this in the requirements
or in the standard itself. In the use cases, perhaps, or a "guide to
implementors", or in conference papers.

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