OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help



   RE: Inserting optional elements

[ Lists Home | Date Index | Thread Index ]
  • From: Matthew Gertner <matthew@praxisxml.com>
  • To: Xml-Dev <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 17:18:38 +0200


This is an good point. XPath is not sufficient to specify the location of a
new element unambiguously. This is obvious from the following example:

<element name="foo"> 
		<element ref="bar" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>
		<element ref="baz"/>
		<element ref="bar" maxOccurs="unbounded"/>

Suppose I have the following document:


If I want to add an element with the XPath "foo/bar[3]", then I have no way
of knowing whether this will result is bar,bar,bar,baz,bar or
bar,bar,baz,bar,bar. This is only one of several problems with XPath. We're
thinking about extending the standard to solve these problems, so I'd be
most interested to know if any other individuals, companies or organizations
are working on this and want to collaborate. I haven't checked whether the
W3C is working on this yet (but I will).


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Paul Spencer [mailto:paul.spencer@boynings.co.uk]
> Sent: Friday, September 15, 2000 7:54 PM
> To: Xml-Dev
> Subject: Inserting optional elements
> Here's a problem that has been bugging me all afternoon. I 
> have to insert an
> element into an XML instance document. I have the XPath to 
> the element, and
> I have an XML schema for the document. Logically, I should be 
> able to use
> the schema to tell me where amongst its new siblings my new 
> element must go.
> But I can't work out a simple general purpose way to do this, 
> given the
> variety of ways in which a schema can be structured (and 
> bearing in mind
> that some elements are locally scoped, so element names might not be
> unique).
> Surely I don't have to use regular expressions to break up 
> the XPath and
> then work through the various complex data types and elements 
> in the schema?
> Any suggestions?
> Paul Spencer


News | XML in Industry | Calendar | XML Registry
Marketplace | Resources | MyXML.org | Sponsors | Privacy Statement

Copyright 2001 XML.org. This site is hosted by OASIS