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Subject: Re: Usage of Asterisk in XPath expressions
From: "Wendell Piez wapiez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx" <xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2019 21:52:42 -0000
Re:  Usage of Asterisk in XPath expressions

Inevitably your observation about axis specifiers raises a larger
question about fun namespace prefixes:


... are there others we should be especially careful about?

Cheers, Wendell

On Fri, Mar 22, 2019 at 4:12 PM Liam R. E. Quin liam@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
<xsl-list-service@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Fri, 2019-03-22 at 13:33 +0000, Martin Honnen martin.honnen@xxxxxx
> wrote:
> >
> [...]
> > However, the other main reason that doesn't raise an error is that
> > ancestor-or-self::foo evaluates to the empty sequence in the context
> > of that document and that way the multiplication also evaluates to
> > the empty sequence.
> Yup, You're a star! :D
> As Mike Kay points out separately, itbs a problem when a language gets
> so terse that almost any string of puctuation has a meaning.
> With regular expressions i tend to write [(] and [)] because i can
> never remember in which sytaxes \(...\) is special, same with [{]
> braces [}]. There can be an efficiency overhead for doing this, but
> therebs a bigger efficiency overhead in time lost from a confused
> developer :)
> Similarly, avoid using XPath axis names as namespace prefixes :-) :-)
> Liam
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