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   RE: [xml-dev] XSLT and XQuery

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> > Also, I've never understood why the descendant axis is
> supposedly easier to
> > statically type than the ancestor axis.
> Because the child axis is easier to statically type that the
> parent axis.
> The type of an element (in the XDuce/XQuery sense) tells you
> the possible
> attributes and children but doesn't tell you the possible
> parents.

Well, there are two possible scenarios. In a closed world, we know all the
types, in which case the type of the parent is the union of all types that
have "this" as a possible child or attribute. In an open world, we don't
know all the types, so the type of the parent is "any element or document
node". The only difficulty I can see is that of deciding whether the world
should be open or closed.

In any case, as a user, I'd much rather have a weakly-typed parent axis than
no parent axis at all.

I want to find all <section> elements whose depth in the tree is less than
  //section[count(ancestor::* < 3)]

You're not going to let me write that because you don't know how to
type-check it? Gee thanks, I'll stick with XPath.

Mike Kay


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