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   RE: [xml-dev] The use of XML syntax in XML Query

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At 4:14 PM -0500 1/3/02, Jonathan Robie wrote:

>However, I think that a lot of people like the XML constructor 
>syntax, because if you want to construct XML, you can simply type in 
>the equivalent XML text, or copy it from an existing document.

How many people even know this is an option? I certainly didn't until 
this thread. I studied XQuery mostly by reading the use cases draft 
(the most accessible of the various very technical documents IMO) and 
playing around with Quip. I didn't notice any examples of the 
no-brackets syntax while doing that. I've gone to one or two seminars 
on XQuery and only saw the brackets syntax.

I suspect if the example queries in the documents people were 
learning from were rewritten in the no-brackets syntax, then people 
might respond differently.

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