|Oracle8i Application Developer's Guide - XML
Release 3 (8.1.7)
Part Number A86030-01
Introduction to Oracle XML, 19 of 27
Storing an intact XML document in a CLOB or BLOB is a good strategy if the XML document contains static content that will only be updated by replacing the entire document.
Examples include written text such as articles, advertisements, books, legal contracts, and so on.
Documents of this nature are known as document-centric and are delivered from the database as a whole. Storing this kind of document intact within Oracle8i gives you the advantages of an industry-proven database and its reliability over file system storage.
If you choose to store an XML document outside the database, you can still use Oracle8i features to index, query, and efficiently retrieve the document through the use of BFILES, URLs, and text-based indexing.