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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
>places where it has been found extremely useful, including invokation
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.