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   Re: [xml-dev] Question for the XPath and DOM folks

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On Sat, Jul 20, 2002 at 12:53:51PM -0700, Dare Obasanjo wrote:
> Ahhh. But many vendors (including Microsoft) have shipped DOM
> implementations that enable XPath queries. Also the W3C DOM working group
> is in the process of standardizing XPath over the DOM as we speak[0]
> so you can't just punt and say it shouldn't happen and is thus undefined
> since it already does.
> [0] http://www.w3.org/TR/2002/WD-DOM-Level-3-XPath-20020328/

  Well this either ain't exactly XPath or either ain't exactly DOM.
The issue of the divergence between the XPath data model and DOM has
been known from quite a long time, it should not appear as a surprise.
I do think that providing XPath as a DOM extension makes a lot of
sense from a toolkit perspective (I do it too !) but IMHO the XPath 
data representation subset should be used on trees manipulated with
XPath (since it's the smallest subset functionnalities wise).


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