Re: (2 xpath questions)

Subject: Re: (2 xpath questions)
From: "Taras Tielkes" <t.r.tiekes@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2000 23:42:27 +0200
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From: "John E. Simpson" <simpson@xxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, September 25, 2000 3:52 PM
Subject: Re: (2 xpath questions)

> At 02:02 PM 09/25/2000 +0200, Taras Tielkes wrote:
> >When I query the doc root node for "file://", the parser will report that
it is
> >an "Incomplete XPath statement".
> >The current MSXML beta has some bugs, but the only missing XPath feature
> >listed is the namespace axis.
> The XPath spec says of the // abbreviated syntax:
>       // is short for /descendant-or-self::node()/
> Perhaps that explains why a plain // doesn't work. It lacks a node test
> following the second slash. The slash is just a delimiter *between*
> portions of the location path, a sort of conjunction which says "and
> *then*..." -- it's not a, umm, location step in its own right.

The long form, "/descendant-of-self::node()" will work in MSXML, again using
the XPath DOM querying methods.

As far as I understand, "//" would be the short form of this. I've printed
out the XPath spec today and will read it.


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