RE: Can sets have order?
Dimitre Novatchev writes: > I find this an illustrative example of how one should not start and > continue an argument. > > I believe this is sufficient for everyone to draw conclusions... That quoting with reducing contexts to nearly nothing is not always ... ... useful? > Originally Wolfgang May wrote: > > > ... Such nodes may be exchanged in the node set without > > changing the behavior of any XPath query. > ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ > > > Now Wolfgang May writes: > > > These all are *relative* expressions - so these queries use the > > _premise_ the nodes can be distinguished to show that they can be > > distinguished. > > > > For all (absolute) queries on the document > > > > //path/one-of-the-above-expressions > > > > there is no difference if the nodes are exchanged. Very simple: When *querying* a document, you *have* to start with the root node (formally spoken, an AbsoluteLocationPath (XPath spec, rule )) -- or how else would you obtain access to a specific node for starting your expression? Thus the "(absolute)" was meant to emphasize this fact. Wolfgang XSL-List info and archive: http://www.mulberrytech.com/xsl/xsl-list
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