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Re: [xsl] W3C Specification of fn:filter() -- is this a bug in the document or in Saxon?

2019-09-11 18:04:39
On Wed, 2019-09-11 at 22:03 +0000, Dimitre Novatchev
dnovatchev(_at_)gmail(_dot_)com wrote:
Why on
earth did they provide **this** implementation and not something

Two plausible reasons - the person who wrote it did so before some of
the other XPath 3 features had settled down or been agreed upon, or,
they simply didnt attach much importance to it.

(shorter, non-recursive, easier to read and hopefully in pure XPath
3.1 only)
Shorter and easier to read don't always go together, especialy for non-
mathematical people; non-recursive for sure wasn't a goal; neither
would “pure XPath” have been. The people in the WG tended not to think
that way.

If the XSL and XQuery Working Groups were still active and editing the
documents i'd suggest filing an issue with an improved version.

Going forward, it's maybe worth thinking about what to do when we find
problems in the specs - should there be a W3C community group? Or a
totally separate place?


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