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Re: p:input doppelgangers

From: Henry S. Thompson <ht@inf.ed.ac.uk>
Date: Thu, 05 Jul 2007 10:00:23 +0100
To: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Cc: public-xml-processing-model-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <f5bvecz5ioo.fsf@hildegard.inf.ed.ac.uk>

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Norman Walsh writes:

> |  p:iteration-source
> |    (p:empty | (p:pipe | p:document | p:inline )+ )?
> |
> |    That is, exactly as p:input, because p:for-each is like a step with
> |    sequence in and out, and should be allowed to be forced to iterate
> |    no times and produce an empty sequence.
>
> What's the point of writing a loop that explicitly iterates 0 times?
> Putting p:empty seems entirely pointless to me and more likely an
> error than not.

Well, it's not an error to get an empty sequence coming in from a
pipe, is it?  This is certainly not a big deal, I just think the fewer
exceptions to the general rule the better -- p:empty is almost always
going to be a corner case.

ht
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