Re: [xsl] XSLT/XPath 2.0 (was "Identifying two tags...")

Subject: Re: [xsl] XSLT/XPath 2.0 (was "Identifying two tags...")
From: Dan Holmsand <holmsand@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 09 May 2002 21:51:46 +0200

Jeni Tennison wrote:
I understand your concern. I'm pretty familiar with XML Schema now,
but I'm not relishing the prospect of having to get my head around the
XQuery Semantics and the XPath/XQuery regulations about how different
types are cast to each other -- which casts are possible and which
aren't, what kind of durations and date/times I can compare with each
other and what it'll mean when I do, and so on -- and the names of all
those new functions.

All that I can recommend is that you (and others) write to the
comments list (public-qt-comments@xxxxxx) expressing your concerns and
preferably giving real examples that demonstrate why it's a concern
and recommending changes that would meet your requirements. The WGs
can't be blamed for producing bad specs if no one points out why
they're bad. And the earlier that the comments are made, the easier it
will be for the WGs to change their minds.

Thanks for the tip! I'll most certainly do that (although I fear that "I'd like to be spared of 80% of the spec" is not exactly what the WG would like to hear...).

What you're saying is really food for though: if you of all people are having a hard time "getting your head around" the intricacies of the type system in XSLT 2, what are my (and other, more average Joes' out there) chances? And even if I did take 6 months off for quality time with XQuery semantics and friends, what good would it do me (besides the obvious bragging rights)?

Heck, I can't even quite grasp what that PSVI thingy is supposed to be (it's one of those "almost, but in reality: no" things). Since all the other stuff seems to be built on that, I'll admit that my chances look quite slim.

Thanks again,


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