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   Re: [xml-dev] XPath brain teaser

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>This is easier to understand if you think of it in terms of set construction
>and iterators. The two expressions with abbreviations eliminated are:

You might ask why // means the first of these, rather than the more
obvious second.  The answer (I think) is precisely so that expressions
like //para[1] will mean what they do; it's more common to want to
treat the first paragraph in each section specially than the first
paragraph in the while document.

-- Richard


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