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> I find Mike Kay's recounting of the history of the try/catch idea very
> interesting as an illustration of how close integration with XQuery
> proved detrimental in the development of XSLT and XPath 2.0.
On the contrary, the XQuery group has much more expertise in formal language
semantics and without this, the XSL WG might well have put a
poorly-thought-out try/catch mechanism into the language, which in the long
run would be worse than not having the facility at all.