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Re: XPointer syntax

From: Michael Dyck <MichaelDyck@home.com>
Date: Wed, 17 Jan 2001 01:05:09 -0800
Message-ID: <3A656045.8B475695@home.com>
To: Jeff Lansing <jeff@polexis.com>
CC: www-xml-linking-comments@w3.org
Jeff Lansing wrote:
> How  do I point to the string "Valley Center" in the following xml?
> <doc>
>   <text>New <bold>River Valley</bold> Center Shops<text>
> <doc>
> How do I do it without the string-range function, I mean?

I don't think you can do it without string-range.

> Is it:
> xpointer(/doc/text/bold/text()/point()[7]/range-to(...)) ?

No. The XPath
yields a location-set consisting of the text node whose string-value is
"River Valley", but when you append "/point()", which is an abbreviation of
"/child::point()", you're asking for all the children of that text node that
are points. This might sound like what you want, but in fact, the `child'
axis of a text node is empty. (So the expression yields an empty
location-set, and thus the XPointer has a sub-resource error.)

You're the fourth person to post to this mailing list thinking that there
was (or should be) a straightforward way to address any given point in a
document. I'm fairly sure there isn't one. See
in which I suggest adding a "points" axis to simplify this sort of

-Michael Dyck
Received on Wednesday, 17 January 2001 04:07:45 UTC

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