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XQuery 3.1: An XML Query Language


feedback due by: 2016-01-31


XML is a versatile markup language, capable of labeling the information content of diverse data sources including structured and semi-structured documents, relational databases, and object repositories. A query language that uses the structure of XML intelligently can express queries across all these kinds of data, whether physically stored in XML or viewed as XML via middleware. This specification describes a query language called XQuery, which is designed to be broadly applicable across many types of XML data sources.

XQuery 3.1 is an extended version of the XQuery 3.0 Recommendation published on 2014-04-08. A list of changes made since XQuery 3.0 can be found in J Change Log. These are the most important new features in XQuery 3.1:3.11.1 Maps. 3.11.2 Arrays.

Status of the Document

This section describes the status of this document at the time of its publication. Other documents may supersede this document. A list of current W3C publications and the latest revision of this technical report can be found in the W3C technical reports index at http://www.w3.org/TR/.

This document is governed by the 1 September 2015 W3C Process Document.

W3C publishes a Candidate Recommendation, as described in the Process Document, to indicate that the document is believed to be stable and to encourage implementation by the developer community.

This document was developed by the W3C XML Query Working Group, which is part of the XML Activity. It will remain a Candidate Recommendation until at least 31 January 2016. The Working Group expects to advance this specification to Recommendation Status.

This document will be considered ready for transition to Proposed Recommendation when there are two independent implementations of Minimal Conformance (see 5.1 Minimal Conformance) to this specification, at least one of them using the human-readable syntax and at least one of them using the XML syntax and there are two independent implementations of each optional feature (see 5.2 Optional Features) using either syntax. The implementations of each optional feature need not necessarily conform to the Minimal Conformance requirements.

Once the entrance criteria for Proposed Recommendation have been achieved, the Director will be requested to advance this document to Proposed Recommendation status. Working closely with the developer community, we expect to show evidence of implementations by approximately 1 March 2016.

This Candidate Recommendation specifies XQuery version 3.1, a fully compatible extension of XQuery version 3.0. The XML Query Working Group is publishing an updated version of this document because a number of changes were made as a result of review feedback; see the change log.

A Test Suite for this document is under development. Implementors are encouraged to run this test suite and report their results. The Test Suite can be found at http://dev.w3.org/2011/QT3-test-suite/. In addition, a preliminary implementation report is available at http://dev.w3.org/2011/QT3-test-suite/ReportingResults31/.

This document incorporates changes made against the previous publication of the Working Draft. Changes to this document since the previous publication of the Working Draft are detailed in J Change Log.

Please report errors in this document using W3C&#x27;s public Bugzilla system (instructions can be found at http://www.w3.org/XML/2005/04/qt-bugzilla). If access to that system is not feasible, you may send your comments to the W3C XSLT/XPath/XQuery public comments mailing list, public-qt-comments@w3.org. It will be very helpful if you include the string “[XQuery31]” in the subject line of your report, whether made in Bugzilla or in email. Please use multiple Bugzilla entries (or, if necessary, multiple email messages) if you have more than one comment to make. Archives of the comments and responses are available at http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/public-qt-comments/.

Publication as a Candidate Recommendation does not imply endorsement by the W3C Membership. This is a draft document and may be updated, replaced or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to cite this document as other than work in progress.

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