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[Bug 9056] New: [F+O 1.1] Variant return types no longer indicated

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Date: Wed, 17 Feb 2010 21:42:32 +0000
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Message-ID: <bug-9056-523@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>

           Summary: [F+O 1.1] Variant return types no longer indicated
           Product: XPath / XQuery / XSLT
           Version: Working drafts
          Platform: PC
        OS/Version: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: Functions and Operators 1.1
        AssignedTo: mike@saxonica.com
        ReportedBy: mike@saxonica.com
         QAContact: public-qt-comments@w3.org

In the 1.0/2.0 version of F+O, section 1.4, it is stated:

"In some cases, the static type returned by a function depends on the type(s)
of its argument(s). These special functions are indicated by using bold italics
for the return type."

This sentence remains in the current draft of 1.1, but the convention is no
longer used, and the markup used to control it has disappeared from the source
as an accident of the editorial conversions applied. 

It would be fairly easy to reinstate this, however:

(a) the information is no longer relevant if we are dropping the formal
semantics, and

(b) in any case, it violates editorial guidelines to have information in the
published specification that is conveyed only by the choice of font.

Subject to the approval of the WG, the editor therefore proposes to drop this

(i) the above-quoted sentence will be removed

(ii) all references to functions having special static type inferencing rules
defined in the formal semantics will be removed. (These generally take the form
"For detailed type semantics, see...")

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