XQuery Update 1.0
Saxon implements XQuery Update Facility 1.0, which reached Recommendation status on 17 March 2011. All features, including optional features, are implemented.
The XQuery Update specification defines a number of extensions to the XQuery 1.0 grammar. Saxon implements these as extensions to the XQuery 3.1 grammar.
Update is currently supported only on documents built using the
There are several limitations worth noting:
The specification requires that updates should be atomic: that is, if any failure occurs, the original document is restored to its original state. Saxon meets this requirement unless revalidation is requested. If failures occur during the revalidation phase, these cannot currently be rolled back. Of course, this only affects the in-memory copy of the document; the application should be organized so that in this situation it is possible to revert to the copy on disk.
The specification requires that node identity should be preserved across updates. The extent to which this requirement is met by Saxon is debatable. Saxon allows several Java objects to represent the same node. With the linked tree this applies in particular to attribute nodes: two requests to get all the attributes of a node will return different Java objects, though comparisons using
isSameNodeInfo()will reveal that they refer to the same nodes. After an update, it is in general not safe to continue using existing
NodeInfoobjects, and the effect of doing so is undefined. This means that it is impossible to determine in any reliable way whether the old nodes have the same identity as the new nodes. In practice, with the linked tree implementation, it is safe to continue using variables that refer to element nodes (where there is always one Java object per node), but it is not safe in the case of attribute nodes.
put()function is implemented using the same run-time support code as
xsl:result-document, and it currently imposes similar restrictions: for example, it must not be called from within a variable initialization or function body, and it must to write to a URI that has been read during the execution of the query; also, two calls on
put()must not write to the same URI. However, it does use the XQuery semantics for resolving the relative URI.
The specification change introduced by bug 9432, which is included in the final Recommendation, has not yet been implemented. The effect of this is that an updated document may sometimes be missing the namespace undeclaration
xmlns=""where the specification requires it.
Saxon does not currently implement XQuery Update 3.0, and there are currently no plans to implement it. W3C work on this specification has been discontinued.