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   Re: XML syntax for XPath?

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 26 Dec 2000 17:51:09 -0500

At 01:47 PM 12/26/00 -0800, Paul Tchistopolskii wrote:
>I'm constantly asking for particular example, but I have no luck yet.
>I'll be very glad to see a particular usecase that requires XML-ization 
>of Xpath.

For me, it's mostly a matter of being able to use familiar tools on
structured data rather than having to go back to text processing.

XPath, CSS selectors, the XHTML style attribute, and a bunch of other types
involve multiple layers of information packed into a short string.  I don't
need to see these as XML, but since I'm used to manipulating XML
information on a regular basis using XML tools, and encounter these things
in an XML context, it just seems like an easier way to deal with it.

(And no, I don't actually plan to use XSLT on it - just SAX filters.)

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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