facts, conclusions, and exhortations re XML (long)

Sean Chen schen at falconwing.com
Sun Nov 21 02:11:17 GMT 1999

Hi Steven, everyone,

Unbelievably, I'm defending Microsoft here, but:

On Sat, 20 Nov 1999, Steven R. Newcomb wrote:

> I ran across more evidence of Microsoft's anticompetitive behavior
> recently.  Most of you probably already knew about it.  XPath, as
> implemented by Microsoft, provides access to the first node of any
> nodelist as the zeroeth node (the node in the list that is addressed
> by an array index value of 0), while the relevant W3C draft requires
> it to be the first (index value of 1) node.  This means that with
> Microsoft's implementations, no node (i.e., no information component)
> address that is based on nodelist position will be resolved to the
> same node that any strict W3C implementation would resolve it to.

I believe the the implementation talked about here is XQL, a precursor to
XPath.  Nowhere has Microsoft claimed to implement XPath yet, AFAIK.  In
fact, according to Microsoft, they are refusing to implement XSLT or XPath
until the final recommendation, which has only just happened this week.

If this problem occurs, after these implementations come out, then we can
complain =)

We must be careful with our facts.  The problem with XML is that the dust
is just settling (or not, with XSchemas yet to be done) and there are a
lot of experimental work out there that is still hanging around.

. . . Sean.

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