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

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Mike Champion wrote:
> - plausible alternatives ways to produce short-term interoperability
> guidelines for XML database vendors and applications developers while all
> this is cooking in the W3C Labs.  Is there some quick 'n dirty
> hack of XPath
> 1.0 + a join syntax + an update syntax that could tide us over
> for a year or
> two, or would that create more long-term problems than short-term
> solutions?

This is more or less what the TransQuery effort is addressing. There has
already been some (temporary) public discussion (anyone can subscribe) about
a potential OASIS TC. This discussion is covering a number of the technical
issues, so you might want to take a look. Basically, instead of a "quick 'n
dirty hack of XPath 1.0 + a join syntax + an update syntax", it looks at
using XSLT (1.0) for all of the above.

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Jonathan may think that this will end up causing more problems than it
solves, but I think, as Elliotte points out, in the end not everyone will
want strong typing and heavy dependence on XML Schemas.

Evan Lenz
XYZFind Corp.


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