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   RE: [xml-dev] validating against the standard W3C

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On 11 Dec 2001, Christian Nentwich wrote:

> This is the clearest spec of XPath I've seen, and much easier to read
> than the verbose XPath spec. Then again, maybe XPath lends itself to
> this kind of specification. (denotational semantics)

Formal semantics rocks. I aced a denotational semantics exam after not
attending any of the lectures!

It's one of those things that's not hard to learn - it's a *paradigm*
thing rather than a *learning pages and pages of stuff* thing. You get the
hang, then it all fits together nicely.

Fear not the formalism.

> Christian Nentwich


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