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

2019-09-11 20:00:59
Because we are discussing "quality of work" in this thread (among other
things), here is a question:

Can anyone provide new tests to be added to the test suites? If so, how to
do this? Where is this described?


On Wed, Sep 11, 2019 at 5:31 PM Michael Kay mike(_at_)saxonica(_dot_)com <
xsl-list-service(_at_)lists(_dot_)mulberrytech(_dot_)com> wrote:

On 12 Sep 2019, at 00:04, Liam R. E. Quin liam(_at_)fromoldbooks(_dot_)org <
xsl-list-service(_at_)lists(_dot_)mulberrytech(_dot_)com> wrote:

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.

Sadly, I am unable to research an answer to historical questions, because
I no longer have member access to W3C's archives.

The likely reason, though, will be a negative: the spec is the way it is
because no-one (either within or outwith the WG) saw a problem with it.

In my years of doing standards work I was always impressed by the quality
of scrutiny that proposals were subjected to. It's far higher than the
level I have ever experienced with internal product specifications in any
company I have worked for. Sometimes, indeed, it could be frustrating that
we spent entire meetings discussing arcane edge cases. The quest for
perfection results in incredibly slow progress getting specs completed. But
the process is not perfect, and the resulting specifications are not
perfect either. The main reason for that is simply resources: the longer a
standards group carries on, the harder it becomes to persuade people to
commit their time to it.

Frankly, if this is the biggest problem that people can find, then we did
a remarkably good job.

Michael Kay

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