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Why .NET won’t support XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0

By Philip Miseldine

Dare: “Having our customers and support people have to deal with the complexity of 3 sophisticated XML query languages two of which are look similar but behave quite differently in the case of XPath 2.0 and XQuery seemed to us not to be that beneficial.”

It’s good to see that new standards aren’t just implemented because they’re new :) Its a good insight into how Microsoft are thinking.

  • http://www.sitepoint.com AlexW

    Isn’t Microsoft on the standards committee that decides this stuff though?

  • http://www.sitepoint.com Simon Mackie

    A Microsoft employee was part of the committe that came up with XQuery, but not on XPath 2 (which maybe explains some of the reason why they’re going with XQuery).

    Be interesting to see how this pans out. Although, as one commenter on the linked blog post says, there’s no reason why a third party can’t add on support for XSLT 2 and Xpath 2.

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