RE: [xquery-talk] Serialization of XDM
> > I believe this lack of standardization for serialization of > XDM is both > a "Problem" and a "BIG Problem" > Before I extend the topic to "suggested solutions" I would love some > feedback. > > Q: Does anyone else agree this is a "Problem" or a "Big > Problem" ? Am I alone ? Why is this NOT a "Big Problem"? Saxon has a serialization format for arbitrary XDM sequences: you can see it by running a query with -wrap option from the command line. Perhaps oddly, Saxon can generate this format, but there are no tools to parse it and reconstruct the original sequence. I seem to remember someone proposing that a format like this should be standardised in the XQuery WG years ago - if only as a standard way of representing the results of queries in the test suite. But the fact that no-one was prepared to do the work suggests that not many people thought it was a big problem. > Q: Is there any known work in progress aimed at solving this problem ? Not that I know of. > Q: Would it be of value to solve this problem ? (and why not ?) Yes. Whether the value would exceed the cost is anyone's guess. > Q: Would there be any interest in tackling this problem in a > formal way, such as a W3C recommendation ? W3C groups are generally having difficulty finding the resources to complete their existing work programmes, without taking on anything new. > Q: If there were a recommendation approved would vendors be > interested or willing to adopt / implement it ? > If there appeared to be sufficient support behind it, then yes. Regards, Michael Kay http://www.saxonica.com/ http://twitter.com/michaelhkay
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