RE: ANN: xpath1() scheme for XPointer
>> (This is not a theoretical issue. Microsoft, for >> one, has repeatedly used this argument to just IE's non-conformant >> handling of white space only text nodes.) I think some parts of the >> spec do only make sense if you assume the data model/input tree >> actually represents the XML document instead of some modified form of >> it, but stating this more clearly would be helpful. >It would be wrong. XPath should not suddenly gain a coupling to the >parsing >phase. They are distinct. Your fundamentalism exludes XPath from many of >the >places where it has been found extremely useful, including invokation from >DOM. Although a forced coupling seems wrong to me also, are you saying you believe there is something wrong with an optional coupling? I think that mixing Xpath analysis with the parse phase is essential to some applications of XML. Namely when performance is essential. Martin.
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