This is an informal document to compare WS-Fragment XPath profiles with the XPath profile in XML Signature 2.0 and to propose a unified XPath profile document.
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This section compares the Level 1 XPath profile in WS-Fragment section 6 ("XPath Level 1 Expression Language") [WS-FRAGMENT] with the XPath profile in section 220.127.116.11 ("XPaths in 2.0 mode") in XML Signature 2.0 [XMLDSIG-CORE2]. WS-Fragment also has another profile of XPath in section 7 ("XPath 1.0 Expression Language"), but this appears to be full XPath so is not compared.
|Feature||WS-Fragment Level 1 XPath Profile||XML Signature 2.0 XPath Profile|
|Syntax||Relative only||Absolute only|
|Function Libraries||None||Reduced Function Libraries (String, Boolean and Number functions
supported. Node set functions limited to
|Computed Values||Not supported.||Supported fully|
|Conformance||Conformance is minimum - implementation may support more of XPath||Restricted to what is specified in profile|
Create a separate XPath profile with WS-Fragment Level 1 profile (unchanged), XML Signature 2.0 XPath profile, renamed as Level 2 and material in section 7 ("XPath 1.0 Expression Language") of WS-Fragment.
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