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From Scott Sanders <>
Subject Re: [PROPOSAL] XPath task
Date Fri, 04 May 2001 15:07:19 GMT
Stefan Bodewig wrote:

> Sorry, for taking that long to come back,
> Scott Sanders <> wrote:
>> I agree that xpath is generic, but my idea of an xpath task would be
>> nothing on the main element, and then many different types of
>> subtasks, such as replace, set a property, check a value, etc.
> I didn't mean to kick off the creation of a more generic task, I was
> just concerned that the name xpath would be too generic for what it
> does.
> If you want to extend it to be that generic, fine.  An alternative
> would be to find a better name and keep the current implementation 8-)

I actaully need to extend it ;-)

>> If that happens, does it make sense to still move the replace
>> functionality to <replace>, or to keep all functionality that uses
>> xpath under the same task?
> I depends on how you think about these tasks - I'd rather group tasks
> by what they do (replace, set properties, whatever) than how they do
> it.  Using this approach there wouldn't be much room for a generalized
> xpath task but the functionality had to be spread across several
> existing tasks.
> That being said - it really is up to you.  I wouldn't veto a generic
> xpath task and I'd probably commit it sooner or later.  You just need
> to find out, what you really want and need.  
> If replacing is all that is required right now, I'd be happy to simply
> use a different name for the task like Stephane has submitted it.

I also need to get the value of an xpath expression to set into a 
property, so I think that it could go both ways, so I will do the easy 
one for now ;-)

Scott Sanders

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