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Tim Bray has posted an interesting question on the TAG public mailing list
http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-tag/2002Oct/0239.html He had
(speaking as an individual) made a quite detailed response
to an earlier XQuery working draft in which he expressed concerns about
XQuery's "maximalism", excessive reliance on the complexities of the W3C
Schema Definition Language, over-concern with static typing, divergence from
the data model implied by other W3C specs, etc.
Bray points to the XQuery WG's official response to his concerns:
and indicates that he found this response unpersuasive, saying "I'm hardly
unbiased here because I strongly disagree with the direction the XQuery WG is
going here on technical grounds. Furthermore, I think that if this issue
were being discussed on purely technical terms, some decisions might be
He concludes by asking for opinions on whether the TAG should consider the
issues in dispute here (and presumably issue a "Finding" to guide the XQuery
WG, although as recent discussions have made clear, a TAG Finding is an
opinion, not a directive).
I suspect that a number of xml-dev subscribers who don't generally follow the
TAG list may wish to consider the issues raised in Bray's messages, the
XQuery WG's response, and express an opinion to the TAG.
Or scream and yell about it here <grin>