[xquery-talk] A doc()-map chain operator proposal

Michael Kay mike at saxonica.com
Mon May 18 08:36:12 PDT 2015

I think it would be quite inappropriate for any function or operator in XPath to attach special meaning to attribute of a particular name, such as @href. The only way it would make sense would be is if there’s a W3C defining the semantics of the attribute - e.g. @xlink:href - but almost no-one uses that. 

> Because it would be a shame to add it in an implementation, and then get XQuery 4, where there is a ~ operator that does something completely different.

Indeed, that is why XQuery does not allow a conformant implementation to add its own operators.

Michael Kay

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