Hello all, The Problem... I am creating an application that is going to generate customer readable literature from a database. This in formation needs to be somewhat customized to the customer based on some sort of project that we have/are going to do for them. The deal is i have several items/materials that will be used on the project and depending on the items there uses will change. And i need to develop a way to interchange the usage description text for a given item based on the type of the item.... An Example... I have 2 types of paint (acrylic and latex) Latex is used in 3 coats, indoor surfaces only. Acrylic is used in 4 coats outdoor surfaces only. I need to out put... #acrylic# The Acrilic Green paint will be applied in 4 coats for every external surface. #latex# The Latex Green paint will be applied in 3 coats for every internal surface.
A Proposed solution... So I was thinking of storing the display text as a field for this material in a DB table as something like the following... (this is only formatted for clarity)
I could then write a parser to read through the above string and parse out what I need based on the rules i have in place. The Question... Is this a valid use of XML? I am pretty sure I could do it this way but is it a "good" solution. I guess I am looking for other examples or "cook books" for this kind of problem.
Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you. Heath [ April 22, 2003: Message edited by: Heath Lilley ]