XTree for Declarative XML Querying

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XTree for Declarative XML Querying
Abstract. How to query XML documents to extract and restructure the information is an important issue in XML research. Currently, XQuery based on XPath is the most promising standard of W3C. In this paper, we introduce a new set of syntax rules called XTree, which is a generalization of XPath. XTree has a tree structure, and a user can bind multiple variables in one XTree expression. It explicitly identifies list-valued variables, and defines some natural builtin functions to manipulate them. XTree expression can also be used in the result construction part of a query, to make it easy to read and comprehend. With these differences, XTree expressions are much more compact, and more convenient to write and understand than XPath expressions. We also give algorithms to convert queries based on XTree expressions to standard XQuery queries.
Zhuo Chen, Tok Wang Ling, Mengchi Liu, Gillian Dob
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Updated 20 Aug 2010
Type Conference
Year 2004
Authors Zhuo Chen, Tok Wang Ling, Mengchi Liu, Gillian Dobbie
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