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   Re: XML and LDAP: Common APIs?

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  • From: Matt Sergeant <matt@sergeant.org>
  • To: Francis Norton <francis@redrice.com>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Aug 2000 18:34:52 +0100 (BST)

On Thu, 24 Aug 2000, Francis Norton wrote:

> "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?

External functions...

> 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?

External functions...


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