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Re: Concern: XQuery <> valid XML

From: Jonathan Robie <Jonathan.Robie@SoftwareAG-USA.com>
Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 17:06:37 -0500
Message-Id: <5.0.2.1.0.20010301165938.044e2b00@pop.mindspring.com>
To: Jim Davis <jrd3@alum.mit.edu>, www-ql@w3.org
At 09:23 AM 2/28/2001 -0800, Jim Davis wrote:

>Moreover, requirement 3.2.1 says "One query language syntax MUST be 
>expressed in XML in a way that reflects the underlying structure of the 
>query. "  This requirement seems to me to be unmet by the syntax as proposed.

Right. The XML syntax has not yet been released.

>For that matter, I would take issue with the first part of 3.2.1, that 
>says "One query language syntax MUST be convenient for humans to read and 
>write".  In my experience in digital library systems, humans do not 
>typically construct query expressions directly by typing, rather they use 
>a GUI, and some automated system constructs the query.

I constantly hear this opinion. I also constantly hear the opinion that 
programmers also write queries by hand. Wanna bet that people would 
complain, especially SQL-programmers, if we abandoned the human readable 
syntax?

>But perhaps I should address that point in a different forum?

If you want this to be formal feedback to the query working group, you 
should send your comments to the XML Query comments list 
(www-xml-query-comments@w3.org).

Jonathan
Received on Friday, 2 March 2001 08:48:07 GMT

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