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Re: [xml-dev] XPointer string functions -- abandoned?

Piotr Bański wrote:
>   I'm not sure I will have time, XPointer seems a kind of abandonned
> by the industry and W3C, so somehow I wonder if it's worth the effort,
> I will have a quick look if it's something obvious.
It depends on what you expect.  I work regularly with a company that 
uses an XLink database as the core to its products, it uses XPointers 
all the time but entirely behind the scenes: applications programmers 
even never see them.

The thing about XPointer is that it is fairly easy to get a resource, 
load it, and use the XPath to locate the node. But you only want to do 
that in order to do some application-specific functionality which is 
outside the realm of general purpose libraries. So there is little that 
general purpose libraries need to do.

I wouldn't sweat it. If the syntax makes sense, use it. If something 
else makes more sense, use that. But there is no much general library 
support because it is almost trivial what needs to be done AFAICS.

Rick Jelliffe

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