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Re: ANN: xpath1() scheme for XPointer


Re:  ANN: xpath1() scheme for XPointer
> At 10:11 AM 10/26/2002 -0600, Uche Ogbuji wrote:
> >Maybe your idea will work for the XInclude part, though I think it's 
> >likely to
> >be messy either way.  However wording that says "xpath() processors must
> >report an error if they encounter either an unresolved entity" is not really
> >meaningful.  You rightly couch your draft mostly by reference to XPath, and
> >XPath has no concept of an XML entity (besides the sliver in
> >unparsed-entity-uri().  I think it's not really meaningful, then to say that
> >an XPath processor could encounter an unresolved entity.
> 
> It's not meaningful to the XPath processor itself, but it could plausibly 
> be triggered by an unparsed entity report from the parser feeding the XPath 
> processor.
> 
> Plausible doesn't seem good enough in this case, so I'm leaning toward a 
> simple warning in the document that XPath resolution may return varying 
> results depending on the parser used to feed the XPath processor.

If I had a vote, I'd vote for this.  Fiats on lower-level ambiguities would 
only tend to smirch the neatness of your spec.


> I could 
> alternately specify that entity resolution must be performed before the 
> XPath processor, but that feels like my higher-level spec is reaching down 
> a few levels into the murk.

Precisely.


-- 
Uche Ogbuji                                    Fourthought, Inc.
http://uche.ogbuji.net    http://4Suite.org    http://fourthought.com
Python&XML column: 2. Introducing PyXML - http://www.xml.com/pub/a/2002/09/25/p
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The Past, Present and Future of Web Services 1 - http://www.webservices.org/ind
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