Version Control of XML Documents using Sparse Version Stamps

G. Park and C. Wu (Korea)


XML, version control, sparse version stamp, softwaredocument, tree structure


In order to make use of various advantages of XML, such as flexibility and interoperability, many software documents are being expressed in XML. Unlike general documents of planar structure based on lines, documents in XML internally constitute a tree structure. While traditional version control techniques recognize documents of planar structure, such methods are not suitable in handling hierarchically structured documents. This paper proposes a new way of managing changes made in structured documents. While the proposed version control method employs version stamps, it only utilizes them for nodes needed, and minimizes storage redundancy between versions.

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