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Low hanging fruit for V.next [revised]

From: Norman Walsh <ndw@nwalsh.com>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2012 11:09:10 -0500
To: public-xml-processing-model-wg@w3.org
Message-ID: <m27h0esaxl.fsf@nwalsh.com>
Here's a revised list of possible low-hanging-fruit items based on our
call today:

* Define XProc in terms of XPath 2.0 data models (drop XPath 1.0 support)
* Attribute value templates
* Arbitrary data model fragments for parameters/options/variables
* Data types for options and parameters
* Support for 'depends-on' (or some mechanism for asserting dependencies
  that are not manifest in the data flow)
* Syntactic shortcuts for p:input and/or p:pipe
* Allow variables to be visible in nested pipelines
* Some additional support for non-XML documents. Perhaps:
    * The ability to load HTML5/JSON/etc. as XML
    * An option on p:store to save decoded/binary data
* Some mechanism for loading sets of documents at the p:document/p:data
  level (e.g., <p:document href="/path/to/directory" include="*.xml"/>).
* Simplify the task of passing "optional options" through a pipeline?
* Explore using maps to simplify the parameters story

Did I miss any that we discussed today?

Can you think of any others?

                                        Be seeing you,

Norman Walsh
Lead Engineer
MarkLogic Corporation
Phone: +1 413 624 6676

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