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From "Steve Loughran" <>
Subject Re: Why ** instead of //
Date Tue, 13 Aug 2002 04:59:56 GMT

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From: "Dominique Devienne" <>
To: "'Ant Users List'" <>
Sent: Monday, August 12, 2002 14:22
Subject: RE: Why ** instead of //

> Indeed, I noticed this as well when I discovered this XPATH notation, much
> later after I learned about the Ant equivalent. I suspect Ant's notation
> around before XPATH (or at least before it became more widely known),

I think xpath predates ant; msxml3 has xpath stuff in and that shipped in

here is a reason. xpath navigates round XML; ant round a file system. \\ or
// can actually mean something in a file sys, usually (since Apollo first
introduced the notion) a new machine. so //ranier/*.java means something
very different from **/ranier/*.java

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