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Re: We need an XPath API
- From: Charles Reitzel <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: Daniel.Veillard@imag.fr
- Date: Tue, 06 Mar 2001 15:56:35 -0500 (EST)
Question: I just read the XPath spec (http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath.html) and
checked the errata. Where does it say that CDATA sections are supressed.
The Infoset (current and previous versions) will include CDATA start/end
nodes as element children. My reading of the XPath data model is that it
just uses the Infoset's notion of element children.
Thanks for any pointers,
At 10:18 AM 3/6/01 +0100, Daniel Veillard wrote:
>On Mon, Mar 05, 2001 at 07:54:14PM -0500, Thomas B. Passin wrote:
>> Charles Reitzel writes, doing an admirable job of assimilating all these
>> contributions -
>> > Doesn't XPointer just use XPath? In which case, the lib should be able to
>> > do these things. I guess this starts getting into XSLT and
>> > XPointer-specific extensions to XPath. This probably calls for a couple
>> > SAX-style extension identifier URNs. So an app can say "I need XSLT 1.1
>> > XPath extensions" and the parser can say yes or no.
>> XPointer starts with XPath and then adds extensions so you can specify
>> a node (like part of a text block), or a range of nodes, or combinations.
>> Easy to picture, infernally hard to deal with when you are thinking in terms
>> of nice clean node sets.
> Well, taking that litterally hell doesn't sounds such a frightening place.
>Implementing XPointer on top of XPath in libxml took me 3-4 days. I have
>also heard of what was a positive experiment to add XPointer extensions
> As we say "ce qui se concoit bien s'exprime clairement" so if it is
>easy to picture it's not that hard to express (in whatever language). But
>sure it's not nodesets anymore, but the new types (ranges and points) as
>defined in XPointer.
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