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why must one have something inside {} ?

David Lee dlee at calldei.com
Sat Dec 3 15:15:43 PST 2011


  why must one have something inside {} ?
No they would be errors, but I dont see why its more problematic than


  element {()} {()}

  text {()}

  attribute {()} {()}

which would be what they would equate to.

making {} == {()}  doesnt cause a problem in itself in these cases IMHO.





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How about

  element {} {}

  text {}

  attribute {} {}

should those be no-ops too?

I don't think so, because

element {} {"not empty"}

would be problematic

On 12/3/2011 2:41 PM, David Lee wrote:
> Yes exactly !
> Function bodies should be able to be empty too ... its so simple !
>
> declare function notimplementedyet() {};
>
>
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: http://x-query.com/mailman/listinfo/talk [mailto:http://x-query.com/mailman/listinfo/talk] On 
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>
> David Lee wrote:
>> I am asking why in *XQuery*  the expression {} is not equivalent to 
>> {()}
> It might simply be that no-one suggested it.
>
>> Is there a case in *XQuery* where this would be problematic ?
> I don't think so.
>
> Probably the least-impact way for the spec to accomplish this would be 
> to alter the syntax of EnclosedExpr, from
>       EnclosedExpr ::= "{" Expr "}"
> to
>       EnclosedExpr ::= "{" Expr? "}"
> and then say that, if the Expr is omitted, the EnclosedExpr yields the 
> empty sequence. Note that, in addition to element and attribute 
> content, this would also take effect when an EnclosedExpr is used as a 
> function body, which may or may not be something you'd like as well.
>
> -Michael
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