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Re: ACTION-2244: Remove the term deep copy

From: Steven Pemberton <steven.pemberton@cwi.nl>
Date: Mon, 01 Apr 2019 10:36:18 +0200
To: "Erik Bruchez" <ebruchez@orbeon.com>
Cc: XForms <public-xformsusers@w3.org>, "XForms Users Community Group Issue Tracker" <sysbot+tracker@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.zzj7isz1smjzpq@steven-xps>
On Fri, 29 Mar 2019 18:28:23 +0100, Erik Bruchez <ebruchez@orbeon.com>  

>> Of course, insert says:
>> "Each node in the origin-sequence is cloned in the order it appears in  
>> the sequence."
>> which may just have moved the problem to there, since we don't strictly  
>> define what "clone" means.
> Right, "clone" == "deep copy" ;)
> I am now a little puzzled that there is no simple formal definition in  
> any of the XML specs, although to be fair, XSLT doesn't work via  
> mutation but by producing new trees, >while here we have mutation.

I find this, which is rather straightforward, in XSLT 3:


"The effect of processing a tree using a mode that specifies  
on-no-match="deep-copy" is that an unmatched element in the source tree is  
copied unchanged to the output, together with its entire subtree."

In the same document, with rather more formality:


"The xsl:copy-of instruction can be used to construct a copy of a sequence  
of nodes, atomic values, and/or function items with each new node  
containing copies of all the children, attributes, and (by default)  
namespaces of the original node, recursively. The result of evaluating the  
instruction is a sequence of items corresponding one-to-one with the  
supplied sequence, and retaining its order."

... and then loads more text going through all the cases.


> The DOM has a `cloneNode(deep)` function. [1] However, reading it  
> doesn't exactly feels great, and I don't see a notion of in-scope  
> namespaces, for example.
> The actual logic is simple: all node properties must be preserved in a  
> deep copy, except that all the nodes have new identities. [2]
> -Erik
> [1] https://www.w3.org/TR/domcore/#dom-node-clonenode
> [2] https://www.w3.org/TR/xpath-datamodel/#node-identity
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