[XML-SIG] Reconsidering the DOM API

Paul Prescod paul@prescod.net
Wed, 28 Jun 2000 14:29:40 -0700

Uche Ogbuji wrote:
> Just because I have to say it... 4XPath should work well with any DOM that
> supports the binding (it actually only uses attribute access).  However, it
> uses a C module and I understand those are harder to get sanctioned into the
> Python distro.

Because it is so much C code, and has a pretty sophisticated API, and
also depends on a bunch of Python code, I would rather wait until 1.7
for that. But I think we should give it serious consideration for 1.7.
Having full XPath would absolutely rock. Also, it doesn't just depend on
C -- it also depends on Yacc, right?

I'm not yet ready to accept that no Python-coded parser could parse
XPath efficiently. I want to propose that it is impossible to Fredrick
and see what happens in the next beta of SRE. :)


Above and beyond XPath, I would like to believe that reasonably
efficient parsers can be written in straight Python using SRE or at
least MXTools or something...

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