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   Re: [xml-dev] bohemians, gentry

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> while I appreciate the work that's gone in to it, when looking at
> Xpath 1 and Xpath 2, then it is not at all clear to me that no Xpath2
> spec would be that bad an outcome. Some of the worst features have been
> improved in more recent drafts (For which I'm prepared to believe you had
> some influence:-) but still the price paid for the nice new features 
> (is, regexp, more general path expressions) is far too high.

AOL.  Strongly agreed.  I have long said that XPath/XSLT 1.0 + EXSLT is a very 
strong foundation.  Strong enough to survive the ISO 5-year lifetime.  I see 
no reason to hustle out 2.0 specs, especially such awful ones.  Yes, EXSLT is 
not W3C-blessed, but it has enough cross-vendor support at this point to be de 
facto standard enough.

I'm still catching up post-hols on the pleasingly vibrant XPath NG mailing list


But I expect XPath 1.0 + EXSLT + very carefully constructed modules will be 
our most important work product.

> The XSLT group could have done XSLT2+Xpath1 in 1/100 of the time and
> with far greater level of acceptance in the existing XSLT user base.

AOL.  No doubt.

Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
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