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David Carlisle wrote:
>>Given this, I am wondering what niche XQuery is expecting to fill?
>I think, mainly, querying relational databases while claiming to be
>supporting XML. But apparently that's not a niche, given the size of the
>players who are apparently playing that game.
earlier today, Mike Kay writes "them users running SQL queries from XSL".
I don't think anything that lets you program some XML processing task
conveniently (insert your definition of convenient here) will not be
confined to a niche market. Even if designers intended otherwise.
People have been using XSL for far more things than just relations, and
rightly so because there was no alternative that embraced the tree
structure. It looks like there is one soon.