XQuery, XSLT 2.0 and XPath 2.0 already enjoy broad implementation in industry products from Data Direct, IBM, Innovomax, Mark Logic and Microsoft, as well as open source software, but the W3C is now pushing for wider adoption.
As a result, based on widespread implementation experience and feedback from users and suppliers, W3C has published eight new standards in the XML family to support the ability to query, transform, and access XML data and documents.
The primary specifications are XQuery 1.0, an XML Query Language; XSL Transformations (XSLT) 2.0; and XML Path Language (XPath) 2.0.
W3C said these new web standards will play a significant role in enterprise computing by connecting databases with the web.
XQuery allows data mining of everything from memos and web service messages to multi-terabyte relational databases.
XSLT 2.0 adds new functionality to the already widely deployed XSLT 1.0 solution, which enables the transformation and styled presentation of XML documents.
Both specifications rely on the XPath 2.0 tool, also now significantly improved from its previous version.
More details are available at the W3C website:
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