How Big Must Complete XML Query Languages Be?
Marx and de Rijke have shown that the navigational core of the w3c XML query language XPath is not first-order complete – that is it cannot express every query definable in first-order logic over the navigational predicates. How can one extend XPath to get a first-order complete language? Marx has shown that Conditional XPath – an extension of XPath with an ``Until'' operator – is first order complete. The completeness argument makes essential use of the presence of upward axes in Conditional...Expand abstract
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