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Re: XPath and Selectors are identical, and shouldn't be co-developed

From: Tab Atkins Jr. <jackalmage@gmail.com>
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2011 12:24:55 -0800
Message-ID: <CAAWBYDDDD1SfgC19rPxSrAamxMs3ttiSwrY9daONQBHAKrC0oQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: public-webapps <public-webapps@w3.org>
On Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 12:18 PM, Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de> wrote:
> On 2011-11-29 20:07, Tab Atkins Jr. wrote:
>>
>> ...
>> Since XPath and Selectors are 95% overlapping in functionality and
>> 100% overlapping in goals and overall structure, I believe it is a bad
>> idea to try and develop both for the web platform.  Instead, we should
>> ...
>
> The proposal wasn't to "develop" XPath as in "doing more work on the
> expression language".
>
> What *was* proposed is to fix/standardize the API for XPath, which already
> is part of the web platform.

Speccing, implementing, and testing an API is also "developing",
particularly when it appears there's a desire to spec, implement, and
test a new, more convenient API that's currently proprietary to a few
browsers.  For the reasons stated in my email, I believe this effort
to be a bad idea.

~TJ
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