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RE: TR/xquery-operators/#func-doc

From: <David.Pawson@rnib.org.uk>
Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 14:39:32 +0100
Message-ID: <9B66BBD37D5DD411B8CE00508B69700F049E17CD@pborolocal.rnib.org.uk>
To: public-qt-comments@w3.org

> > I'd request that the WG resolve this anomoly.
> How would you suggest that we resolve it?
> I mentioned the two alternatives in my email:
> (a) don't make fn:doc() available to XSLT users
> (b) impose fn:document() on XQuery users

I make no recommendations for xquery.
My solution for xslt+xpath would be not to introduce
doc() function. Its redundant. document() clearly meets the needs of
users within that group. 

> Option (b) isn't really an option: XQuery users don't want 
> the unnecessary
> baggage of the fn:document() function, especially as it has 
> never been part
> of XPath.

I don't understand that. Its' been there since 1.0 AFAIK,
(but I take xslt+xpath as one beast as you are probably aware).

 If doc or a modified document function is needed, perhaps
it could be introduced into xquery? Your interpretation appears to be
that it is not 'common' to xslt+xpath and xquery.

> Option (a) creates an unnecessary incompatibility between 
> XSLT and XQuery.

I guess that you prefer the redundancy then Mike?
It appears to me to be two functions; 
doc() requested by xquery,
a nominal variant on document() from xslt+xpath, hence newly created.
  I don't believe it to be an unnecessary incompatibility


> This may not matter to you, but we believe it will matter to 
> many of our
> users. We think it will be very common for people to use both 
> languages as
> part of the same application.

That's a view.

regards DaveP


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