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I accept that it has to be an arbitrary choice but
Drawing the line here
puts sequence construction firmly on the XPath side of the boundary,
because a sequence is a value.
But nodes are also values, so node construction also sits firmly
in XPath, but basically that says to junk XSLT and to use Xquery.
Looking at Xpath2 that is the distinct impression that is given, that
XSLT is being marginalised. Maybe that wasn't the intended impression
but it is no less real for that.
Sequences are the Xpath2 replacement for node sets, so if it makes sense
for XSLT to construct node sets it should make sense for it to construct
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