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I am truly sorry I've run out of time for active participation in this thread...
> XPath 2.0 incorporates a number of *statements* that are already
> provided by XSLT 2.0. The for "expression" and the if "expression"
> would be classed as statements in any other language.
I agree with most of your post Jeni. The one thing that would be nice to see introduced into XPath is some sort of shortcutting in certain operators (either the boolean operators, or with an introduced ternary operator). XPath 2.0's if expressions provide this. If course, short-cutting is really much nicer and safer in a side-effect-free language, so XPath 2.0 manages to chuck this advantage as well.
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