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is this a quine ?

Michael Kay mike at saxonica.com
Tue Jun 24 13:20:33 PDT 2008

  is this a quine ?
> yes I understand this ... but was wondering why ?
> Is this a default result of behavior defined by the 
> specification or is it left to implementator to decide upon ?
> being a bit lazy, mainly due to the fact that to answer this 
> question I think I need to trawl through 5-6 specs.

The specification states that the result of the query is a sequence of three

It doesn't say how a sequence of three strings should be displayed on the

It does define a method for serializing any value, and Saxon chooses to use
this method by default. But there are other ways, for example try the -wrap
option. Or if you use the Java API, you can get back an Iterator that
returns the three strings.

Michael Kay


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