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Re: The DOM XPath interface -- what is its status?

From: Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2005 21:36:29 +0200
Message-ID: <4251973D.4060009@expway.fr>
To: Philippe Le Hegaret <plh@w3.org>
Cc: www-dom@w3.org

Philippe Le Hegaret wrote:
> I believe that the SVG is still committed to produce implementations
> of them and push the specifications towards W3C Recommendations.

Correct. Currently all the energy of the WG is focused on getting Tiny 
1.2 out the door, but as soon as that's done we'll look at Full stuff 
(of which XPath is one) again. If the SVG WG decides to make changes 
I'll be the editor, so you can bug me with issues if you so want. But 
then again in the meantime a possible Web Applications WG may take over 
that work item so...

> Correct, as far as I know, we don't have open issues on this draft.
> Though, the SVG Working Group might have some.

We discussed it briefly in November and indeed we may have some. In 
particular, our users tend to think that it's overly complicated, which 
we have attributed (perhaps wrongly) to trying to be forward-compatible 
with XPath 2.0. Noise was made according to which it would be simpler to 
drop XP2 support entirely now and revisit it later, and add (optional) 
CSS support instead. But I haven't done the work to check that it would 
really simplify things. We were also concerned that a document that has 
been a Note for that long may be considered stable, and that we 
therefore shouldn't be touching it too much. We'll get to all that soon.

Robin Berjon
   Research Scientist
   Expway, http://expway.com/
Received on Monday, 4 April 2005 19:36:39 UTC

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