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> > Howsabout given:
> > (//foo | //bar)
> > Would that be the 4th occurrence of either foo or bar, in document
> > order? That's just an implementational nightmare.
> I don't see it as an implementation nightmare at all, having implemented
> XPath. Yes it would probably be a nightmare for the user, but so would:
> 10: PRINT "I'm cool"
> 20: GOTO 10
> If the user wants to do something silly, it's not XPath's business to get in
> his way.
Efficiency-speaking, it's a nightmare. At least the only solution I've come
up with includes walking the entire tree in order to determine the relative
(possibly interleaved) order of your foos and bars. I guess the argument
is that //x walks the whole tree anyhow, and maybe you could do something
fwiw, sure, if the tree was unchanging and the tree-builder was kind enough
to enumerate the nodes for us, then ordering wouldn't be a pain. But, for
jaxen, since we support k different object models, the assumptions we can
make are weak, as best.