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> As for XPath, I think that the *lack* of datatypes made XPath 1.0 do an
> awful lot of guessing, and in an attempt to keep things simple, it said
> that ALL numbers are floating point numbers. I don't think that the lack of
> datatypes in the data XPath 1.0 used made things simpler or more
> straightforward, it led to baroque rules for guessing types.
This is empirically refuted by the most casual observation of the specs. The
XPath 1.0 spec is less than 20% of the size of draft XPath 2.0, which adds
XPath's rules actually make a lot of sense in practice, and I think you misuse
the word "baroque". The addition of data types is what would make XPath
baroque. You may disagree with some of the built-in coercion rules but I
don't see how anyone could say they are baroque. And then again, I think you
are in a minority when it comes to opinion on whether XPath 1.0's data typing
is more problematic that WXS data typing.
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