Processing structured data

  • US 7,133,857 B1
  • Filed: 10/15/2002
  • Issued: 11/07/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/15/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for efficiently processing a structured data file, the structured data file including one or more pieces of content, comprising:

  • creating a record in an intermediate file for a piece of content in the structured data file, the record containing an offset indicating a starting position for the piece of content in the structured data file and a depth value of the piece of content indicating a level in a hierarchy of tags in the structured data file; and

    formatting said record in a way that allows data to be accessed using both said intermediate file and the structured data file without traversing the entire structured data file to determine the depth value.

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