Encyclopedia of Social Network Analysis and Mining

2014 Edition
| Editors: Reda Alhajj, Jon Rokne


  • Jan Hidders
  • Jan Paredaens
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-6170-8_135




Universal Resource Identifier


The World Wide Web Consortium


A standard to denote links between XML documents


Extensible Mark-up Language


XML Path Language


An XML notation to denote a link to a specific subset of an XML document


XML Query Language


The Extensible Stylesheet Language


XPath (XML path language) and XQuery (XML query language) are query languages defined by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) for querying XML documents. XPath is a language based on path expressions and allows the selection of parts of a given XML document. In addition it also allows some minor computations resulting in values such as strings, numbers, or booleans. The semantics of the language is based on a representation of the information content of an XML document as an ordered tree. An XPath expression consists usually of a series of steps that each navigate through this tree in a...

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Hidders
    • 1
  • Jan Paredaens
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Electrical EngineeringMathematics and Computer Science Delft University of TechnologyDelftThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Math and Computer ScienceUniversity of AntwerpAntwerpBelgium