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Default Article posted: XPath Support in Browsers

This should be of interest to readers in this JavaScript forum. We've posted the article XPath Support in Browsers by Nicholas Zakas, an excerpt from his book Professional JavaScript for Web Developers. He's also the author of the very popular Professional Ajax.

Here's the beginning of the article:
XPath Support in Browsers
Because XML is used for so many kinds of data, it became necessary to create a means to locate data inside of XML code. The answer to this problem is XPath, which is a small language used specifically to locate a single node or multiple nodes that match a particular pattern.

 Introduction to XPath
Every XPath expression has two parts: a context node and a node pattern. The context node provides the context from which the node pattern should begin. The node pattern is a string made up of one or more node selectors.

For instance, consider the following XML document:

<?xml version="1.0"?>
    <employee title="Software Engineer">
        <name>Nicholas C. Zakas</name>
    <employee title="Salesperson">
        <name>Jim Smith</name>
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