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RE: [xml-dev] XML Schema: "Best used with the ______ tool"

> XSTL/XQuery compare strings to access an element

You need to get up to date. Decent XSLT/XQuery processors stopped doing that
years ago!

> We will also need to convert the age value from 
> string to int in order to compare it.

XSLT/XQuery processors can maintain the age as an integer rather than a
string if they choose, especially if they are schema-aware. However, there's
a large class of queries and transformations that access the average node
less than once, and in those cases doing the conversion just-in-time, when
the value is accessed, is better than doing it just-in-case, when the XML is

A high-level language of course has much more scope to make such
optimizations; it can even make the decision based on its static analysis of
the query - as is done for example with document projection, where the parts
of the document that aren't needed by the query are discarded during

Michael Kay

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