[xquery-talk] XQuery Style Conventions Released

McBeath, Darin W (ELS-AMS) D.McBeath at elsevier.com
Wed Jan 18 18:26:35 PST 2006

Today, the creators of xqDoc released Version 1.0 of the XQuery Style
Conventions.  This document is based on experience and feedback from the
XQuery development community. This living document will be continually
updated as the XQuery specification changes and as feedback is received from
the XQuery development community. 

A PDF version of the document is available from the following URL:


A discussion forum to express opinions and suggestions for the proposed
XQuery Style Conventions is available from the following URL:


Style conventions are important for a number of reasons: 

* Common style conventions will decrease the long-term maintenance costs
associated with XQuery modules. 

* Hardly any XQuery module will be maintained for its whole life by the
original author. 

* Style conventions improve the readability of the XQuery modules, allowing
everyone to understand the XQuery more quickly and thoroughly. 

The style conventions proposed in this document will not ensure the XQuery
authored for one XQuery engine will work on a different XQuery engine.
However, the migration to a different XQuery engine can be simplified by
adhering to a consistent style when authoring XQuery modules.



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