XPath/XSLT 2.0 concerns
Hi Jim, > lets be honest, Jeni, the silence from most users is mainly due to > the investment in time to review the bewildering array of documents Yes, and I think that's the same reason why W3C XML Schema got so far before people started to complain about its complexity -- people won't read the specs until they need to in order to use the technology, by which time it's usually too late to change the technology into something useful. (Though I guess that led to RELAX NG; perhaps that's a route to follow...) FWIW, I think that the spec to concentrate on is the XPath WD . It is quite long, but only about 1/4 of it is the real stuff (the rest being appendices and issues). When you come to a bit that's hard to follow or that you don't agree with, send a post to public-qt-comments@w... pointing to that section and describing the problems that you had understanding it or why you disagree with it. We can't expect the WDs to be a tutorial for users, but implementers are people too, as are the people who have to write the tutorials! If people knowledgeable in XPath 1.0 can't understand the spec for XPath 2.0 then either the spec or the language, or both, needs to be simplified. I got the impression that Uche (living in interdimensional space as he does) *had* read the specs, or at least scanned through them sufficiently to get an idea of what they were doing, but even so hadn't commented because he wanted to put together a concrete proposal. While I agree that concrete proposals more likely to be listened to than vague feelings of unease or diatribes against the W3C XML Schema data type set (for example), the juggernaut is fast approaching the cliff, so it's probably a good idea to try to hit the brakes now, even if we're not sure how exactly to navigate to the bridge. Of course I might be overplaying the situation, and all y'all might be, if not perfectly content, at least happy enough to live with whatever comes out at the end of the process. If that's how you feel, that's fine. But if it isn't, you really need to speak up. Cheers, Jeni  http://www.w3.org/TR/xpath20/ --- Jeni Tennison http://www.jenitennison.com/
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