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[Bug 26958] On not precluding updates in XQuery 3.1

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Date: Tue, 04 Nov 2014 21:49:46 +0000
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--- Comment #20 from Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com> ---
Concerning comments #16 and #18, the specification frequently uses terms such
as "creates", "constructs", and "new" when referring to objects such as strings
and sequences that have no existential identity; I think the main purpose of
this is to cater to a readership that is accustomed to sequences and even
strings being mutable. The language used for maps and arrays has continued this
tradition, perhaps even more emphatically to avoid any danger that people
familiar with other languages will interpret operations such as remove() as
mutations. I quite agree that it's not really appropriate; it would be much
better to say "Returns a sequence that..." or "Returns a string that... " or
"Returns a map in which...". Unfortunately getting rid of the term "constructor
functions" is rather more difficult.

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