Re: XPointer crisis
On Friday 01 February 2002 03:34 pm, Jonathan Robie wrote: > Right. I am not saying that XPointer is too complex for a mortal to > implement, I am just saying that it is way too complex to be the > only standard way to point into an XML document. For people who > write efficient server-side software, a pointer must be very simple, > not a moderately sized query language. I'd have to disgaree with the assertion about "efficient server-side software". I wrote, In 1994, the world's first web server to convert SGML to HTML at runtime (discounting any CGI hacks at the time). It supported automatic TOC generation, stylesheet-driven conversion that projected ranges... both links *and* query results through the transformation, sub-document navigation via URL's that looked much like XPath, and navigation via queries. I can assure you that the sub-document location, even with *complex* queries, was but a small part of the overall processing time (about 3-8% from memory, transcoding being about 6-9%).
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