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   Re: [xml-dev] XQuery and DTD/Schema?

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> Uh - that was the XML Schema Formal Model, not the XQuery one.  I don't see 
> any formal, uh, superceding (supercession?) of that.

I've always been very annoyed by the "supercede" spelling.  Prescriptive grammar nannies like to say it's flat-out wrong, but as I looked it up one day, "supercede" is actually older than "supersede".  It was the Old French who were too illiterate to spell Latin, not Americans.  :-)

But at any rate, "supercession" would be taking it way too far.  super - above.  sedere - to sit.  You have to try out the technically-more-likely-to-be-correct "supersession" to realize this form just plain won't work.

Back top topic: I actually wasn't aware that there was a formal semantics for WXS.  And does it matter that there is?  I'm not sure I like the idea that a formal semantics excuses practical weakness.  It seems that a lot of W3C spec lately have put an inordinate amount of effort into cathedral-like formal semantics, rather than brutal but effective smithing at the hands of a bazaar.

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