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   RE: [xml-dev] ANN: xpath1() scheme for XPointer

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>> (This is not a theoretical issue. Microsoft, for 
>> one, has repeatedly used this argument to just IE's non-conformant 
>> handling of white space only text nodes.) I think some parts of the 
>> spec do only make sense if you assume the data model/input tree 
>> actually represents the XML document instead of some modified form of

>> it, but stating this more clearly would be helpful.

>It would be wrong.  XPath should not suddenly gain a coupling to the
>phase.  They are distinct.  Your fundamentalism exludes XPath from many
of >the 
>places where it has been found extremely useful, including invokation
from >DOM.

Although a forced coupling seems wrong to me also, are you saying you
believe there is something wrong with an optional coupling? I think that
mixing Xpath analysis with the parse phase is essential to some
applications of XML. Namely when performance is essential.



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