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Re: xpath/xquery (was SEARCH draft 06 submitted)

From: Eric Hanson <eric@aquameta.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 02:02:26 +0000
To: Julian Reschke <julian.reschke@gmx.de>
Cc: FengAndy@aol.com, www-webdav-dasl@w3.org
Message-ID: <20040426020226.A93130@aquameta.com>

Julian Reschke (julian.reschke@gmx.de) wrote:
> 
> FengAndy@aol.com wrote:
> 
> > Julian:
> >  
> > I wonder why WebDAV Search is NOT based on XPath/XQuery.
> >  
> > Conceptaully, a WebDAV storage contains metadata (property+folder) and 
> > data blobs. WebDAV metadata could be easily modeled as XML. Therefore, 
> > XQuery/XPath could be applied for search.
> >  
> > Any comments?
> 
> Yes.
> 
> The DAV:basicsearch grammar is *meant* to be simple, and it should map 
> as directly as possible to a simple database table.
> 
> Of course XPath would be a very interesting *additional* query grammar 
> for SEARCH, and I'm aware of at least two experimental implementations. 
> But I think it's too early to standardize on that -- let's get the 
> simpler things done first.

This is interesting.

While including xpath in the SEARCH request seems straight
forward, how would one map the results of the xpath to a
PROPFIND response?

Also, are any of those experimental implementations publicly
available?  Pointers would be appreciated.

Thanks,
Eric
Received on Sunday, 25 April 2004 22:04:24 GMT

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