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Re: Optional Backpointers from Targets to References

From: John Stracke <francis@netscape.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 1998 10:11:12 -0700
Message-ID: <360A7D30.CB614A51@netscape.com>
To: w3c-dist-auth@w3.org
ccjason@us.ibm.com wrote:

> I could imagine finding backpointers using a DASL like query might be
> very slow relative to an architected property/mechanism for
> maintaining backpointer info.

Not necessarily.  It's up to the server implementer: if the customers want
backpointer-like functionality, then the server can maintain backpointers
under the covers and use them to respond to the DASL query.  Other servers
which don't expect this to be a common request can just calculate the
response on the fly, and the client won't care which way it's working.  Just
like some servers will implement full-text search via an index, and others
will just grep the files.

I think I prefer the DASL approach; it's just as optional as the property
approach, but it behaves better in the downlevel server case.

> Perhaps you could explain why you say
> DASL is always more efficient for you.

He means that it's more efficient not to have a feature than to have a
feature that never gets used.

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