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Subject: Re: [xsl] Does the count() function require access to the whole subtree?
From: davep <davep@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:44:45 +0000

On Wed, 15 Jan 2014 08:28:11 +0000
Michael Kay <mike@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:


> I think that in this discussion people may have overlooked that XSLT
> 3.0 doesn't use the word "overlap" as a defined technical term. It
> uses it only in informal English explanations that are trying to help
> people understand the more formal terminology.

Formal in 'spec'ese' is normally required to be clear?

> 
> The word appears in the spec 9 times, most of them in phrases such as
> "For example, an implementation might be able to treat the
> expression .//title as striding rather than crawling if it can
> establish from knowledge of the schema that two title elements will
> never overlap.".
> 
> We're not talking about whether to replace a technical term in the
> spec. We're talking about whether a sentence such as the above is
> clear to readers, and if not, how it can be improved. 


IMHO it is not clear Mike. Not in the least. Without definitions
of such terms how are implementers supposed to comprehend it?

regards  



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