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[Bug 6591] New: [FO] id() "Parsed as if IDREFS"

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Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2009 10:08:26 +0000
To: public-qt-comments@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-6591-523@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
http://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=6591

           Summary: [FO] id() "Parsed as if IDREFS"
           Product: XPath / XQuery / XSLT
           Version: Recommendation
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: minor
          Priority: P2
         Component: Functions and Operators
        AssignedTo: mike@saxonica.com
        ReportedBy: mike@saxonica.com
         QAContact: public-qt-comments@w3.org


The description of the id() function, and of the new element-with-id()
function, says that "Each xs:string in $arg is parsed as if it were of type
IDREFS". If this were taken literally, an error condition would result if the
string did not contain at least one token, since xs:IDREFS has a minLength of
1. The subsequent text of the paragraph makes it clear this is not the intent,
but the phrase is nevertheless misleading. 

Proposal: change the sentence from

"Each xs:string in $arg is parsed as if it were of type IDREFS, that is, each
xs:string in $arg is treated as a whitespace-separated sequence of tokens, each
acting as an IDREF." 

to

"Each xs:string in $arg is treated as a whitespace-separated sequence of
tokens, each acting as an IDREF."

Furthermore, later in the paragraph there is some confusing typography, where
"IDREF" in small caps is followed by a lower-case "s" in normal font; it takes
a keen eye to spot that this is the plural of IDREF rather than the word
"IDREFS". I propose to change it to "IDREF values".


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