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RE: [xml-dev] XQuery Puzzle

> Sorry for asking an XQuery question here, if there is a more 
> appropriate forum please let me know.

talk at x-query.com

> Anyway, a question relating to this simple XQuery has been 
> circulating on another group, but I am puzzled as to whether 
> using // on a sequence is valid (see the return clause 
> below). I tried in a couple of XQuery parsers (Saxon9 + the 
> one built into XML Spy) and both return no results ??
> let $set := (
>     <div1>one   </div1>,
>     <div1 class="doc">two   </div1>,
>     <div1>three   </div1>,
>     <div1 class="doc">four </div1>,
>     <gotcha>START</gotcha>,
>     <div1>five   </div1>
> )
> return $set//gotcha/preceding-sibling::div1[@class="doc"][1]

This is actually an XPath question. This path expands to


Now, one of the elements in $set is a gotcha element, but none of them has a
child, or has a descendant with a child, named gotcha. Therefore the
expression selects nothing.

You want $set/self::gotcha/....

Michael Kay

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