Benefits of XPath

XPath is designed for XML documents. It provides a single syntax that you can use for queries, addressing, and patterns. XPath is concise, simple, and powerful. XPath has many benefits, as follows:

When you define a query, keep in mind that XML data can be represented as a tree. A tree is a hierarchical representation of XML data. The root node is the top of the tree. Each element, attribute, text string, comment, and processing instruction corresponds to one node in the tree. A tree also shows the relationships among the nodes. For more information on tree structure, see Tree Representation of a Sample XML Document.

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