[xquery-talk] Incorrect Intersect and Except Output?

Jonathan Robie jonathan.robie at redhat.com
Sun Mar 30 13:45:15 PST 2008

Wei, Alice J. wrote:
> let $a := <a><b>1</b><b>2</b><b>3</b></a>,
> $b := <c><b>What</b><b>2</b><b>3</b><b>4</b></c>,
> return
> <foo>{$a except $b}</foo>
> brings
> <foo>
> <a>
> <b>1</b>
> <b>2</b>
> <b>3</b>
> </a>
> </foo>

Except tests for node identity (you seem to expect it to test the node 
values). If none of the nodes in $a are also in $b, then $a except $b is 
the same as $a.

> If I use $a intersect $b, it brings me an empty node <foo/>
> Isn't intersect supposed to bring back what is contained in $b and $a?

Yes, but there are no nodes in $b that are also in $a, and vice versa.


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