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Results of Questionnaire Grabbing syntax - XPath, Selectors, what?

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This questionnaire was open from 2006-08-07 to 2006-08-11.

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  1. I would expect to use

1. I would expect to use

I would expect the attribute to hold a value in the following syntax

Summary

ChoiceAll responders
Results
CSS Selectors, as used in CSS3 (the full deal, with negation and everything)W3C Working Draft 15 December 2005; Last Call Ends 16 January 2006
XPath 1.0 because, well, its XML! W3C Recommendation 16 November 1999 3
XPath 2.0, because types matter and schemas are good. W3C Candidate Recommendation 8 June 2006; CR ends 28 February 2006
XQuery, because SQL is wonderful W3C Candidate Recommendation 8 June 2006; CR ends 28 February 2006
IDREF because I would expect it all to be in the same document
A URI with a fragment identifier pointing to the ID of the element because anything useful will have an ID, surely
A syntax of my own invention, or one you foolishly omitted to list above despite its clear advantages (give details)

Details

Responder I would expect to useRationale
Chris Lilley XPath 1.0 because, well, its XML! W3C Recommendation 16 November 1999 widely implemented, and what people expect for XML. IDREF or URI-with-frag are too limiting, and XQuery or Xpath 2 are too heavy just now. Nobody knows CSS3 selectors.
Doug Schepers XPath 1.0 because, well, its XML! W3C Recommendation 16 November 1999 Well supported by XML tools. People already familiar with XSL will already know it.
Mohamed ZERGAOUI XPath 1.0 because, well, its XML! W3C Recommendation 16 November 1999 but only the location subset

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