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[Bug 4841] [FS] Use of fn:subsequence in relation to normalization rules for filter expressions in FS

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Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2007 05:55:38 +0000
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------- Comment #16 from jmdyck@ibiblio.org  2007-10-31 05:55 -------
(In reply to comment #14)
> One other concern with the proposed change is that removing the special case
> rules from subsequence causes static type errors to occur in XQTS queries such
> as K-RangeExpr-11 and K-ForExprPropositionalVar-23.

As far as I can tell, those tests should already be raising errors. More
precisely, an implementation that conforms to the Formal Semantics and does not
support a static typing extension will raise a type error during static type
analysis of either of those tests.

For instance, consider K-RangeExpr-11:
   subsequence(-3 to -1, 1, 1) eq -3

For inferring the static type of the call to fn:subsequence, you might think
that the first rule of 7.2.13 applies, yielding xs:integer. However, static
type analysis always takes place on the normalized query.  Normalization
transforms the query to:


The normalized call to subsequence() matches none of the specialized forms in
7.2.13; only the final catch-all rule applies. The type of the first arg is
xs:integer*, so prime(Type) is xs:integer and quantifier(Type) is *. Thus, the
inferred type of the subsequence() call is xs:integer*. Ditto for the fn:data()
call and fs:convert-operand() call that contain it.

So when it comes to typing the fs:eq() call, the xs:integer* argument type
isn't accepted by the rules of C.2, and static type inference fails. (A type
error is raised.)

Of course, an implementation is free to support a static typing extension, in
which the subsequence() call might have a type of xs:integer? or xs:integer. In
such a case, static typing of fs:eq() would succeed (yielding xs:boolean? or
xs:boolean respectively).
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