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[Bug 20639] XPath provides insufficient "glue" (modularity)

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Date: Fri, 11 Jan 2013 18:36:57 +0000
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https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=20639

--- Comment #12 from Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com> ---
>I believe that this language would be lighter and much simpler.

The paradox is that people love XPath for its lightness and simplicity, and
those who love it the most want to add things to it that will make it heavier
and more complex.

Every feature that's in XQuery but not in XPath is a candidate for adding to
XPath. Some such features (e.g. let expressions) have found their way in. If we
add all such features, we have destroyed XPath. If we are to add only a few of
the features, then we need a very strong view of the role of XPath and how it
differs from the role of XQuery, to enable us to decide what goes in and what
stays out. The view stated in the specification serves this purpose well: XPath
is designed to provide XML navigation capability to augment other things that
can be provided (better) by a host language. If we lose that focus, we lose
XPath.

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