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   Re: [xml-dev] XPath 1.5? (was RE: [xml-dev] typing and markup)

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Jonathan Robie wrote:
> At 06:27 PM 5/7/2002 +0200, Eric van der Vlist wrote:
>>Are we speaking of XPath (as the title says), XQuery or both?
>>The issue I see with XPath 2.0 is that it's replacing XPath 1.0 which is 
>>now "legacy" and that up to now I don't see the benefit which could 
>>compensate the cost of a migration...
> I expect that XPath 1.0 will continue to exist for a good long time.

Yes, that's what I meant. OTH, to keep it alive and eventually in sync 
with other developments there might be *slight* mofifications to bring.

> One might ask whether we need XQuery, XPath 1.0, *and* XQuery 2.0. One 
> reasonable position would be to drop XQuery 2.0. But the XSLT folks say 
> their users really want this additional functionality.

I try to avoid speaking of what I don't know and I no idea on the topic 
except that I don't see the value for my day to day work (but I do not 
pretend to be representative either).

> I don't see how adding an XPath 1.5 helps here, I think it just adds to 
> fragmentation of XPath.

I am not convinced that we need a XPath 1.5 right now, we just need to 
make sure we can keep XPath and XSLT 1.0 alive. It may well be just more 
EXSLT or a XPath 1.01 in 1 year but stating that XPath 1.0 won't change 
is a way to kill it.

It doesn't have to come from the W3C either. EXSLT is (yet another) 
example of successfull initiative which complement the work from the W3C.


See you in Barcelona.
Eric van der Vlist       http://xmlfr.org            http://dyomedea.com
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