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   Re: XML and LDAP: Common APIs?

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  • From: Francis Norton <francis@redrice.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 17:31:06 +0100

"John F. Schlesinger" wrote:
> Using XPath for LDAP databases is a great idea. We could even replace
> Segment Search Arguments for accessing IMS databases! The UNIX and Windows
> file systems could be accessed using XPath which would make scripts much
> easier to write (or, indeed, read). XPath could be added to tree controls
> for user interface coding. Neat.
Let me play devil's advocate here. 

How would you get past the difficulty that Xpath (unlike XML-Schema)
doesn't understand basic types like dates, which could be a fairly
important search attribute for queries?

Also wouldn't you want to wait until or unless XPath acquires regular
expressions (treat the content of a file as mixed text content?) for
doing text searches?

Francis Norton.

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