The XML Model vs. the Relational Model

A relational database contains tables An XML database contains collections
A relational table contains records with the same schema A collection contains XML documents with the same DTD
A relational record is an unordered list of named values An XML document is a tree of nodes
A SQL query returns an unordered set of records An XQuery returns an ordered sequence of nodes

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