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Francis Norton francis at redrice.com
Thu Jan 6 00:22:37 GMT 2000

Yes, I'm guessing that the interoperability here depends on using these
two specific implementations. "Architectural" was my hand-wavy way of
saying that I was wondering about a solution that was implementation

As David Brownell points out, this could be achieved by having an
xpath-in-DOM implementation that ran on top of your DOM. That way your
xpath expressions could return live DOM nodes and you'd avoid DOM bloat.
Though I'm not sure that such a nicely de-coupled approach would be as
efficient as the messier bloatware implementations that do it all in

BTW, I like the factory proposal that you recommended to Lauren Wood to
avoid spec bloat.

Thanks -


uche.ogbuji at fourthought.com wrote:
> > I get the impression that my desire to have xpath included in the DOM
> > may be naive, but I haven't yet formed a clear picture of the
> > alternatives. Is there an architectural solution which would allow one
> > to plug any arbitrary (but compatible) xpath processor in to a DOM
> > processor? And then use it to select nodes from a document that has been
> > opened in the DOM, and then update those nodes using the DOM?
> I don't know whether it's what you term an "architectural solution", but
> 4XPath and 4DOM allow such manipulation right now:

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