It allows to test what ForwardXPathNavigator can and what cannot select. Upload XML document you like to test (please don't abuse loading huge ones), then enter XPath expression and click "RunQuery" button. I know it looks badly in mozilla, but I have no idea how to insert transformation result into HTML page so it gets styled in mozilla too. There are lots of issues, such as namespace declararation isn't showed etc, come on, that's not online XPath tutorial, but just simple demo.
Talking about difference between XSE and ForwardXPathNavigator, Daniel writes:
Back to the issue, there's a fundamental difference in the approach between his class and my XSE API: his will consume the stream with a single query. Mine supports multiple handlers matching multiple elements at the same time. And it's still a pull-based API, where you have to iterate results, instead of being called when something you care happened (was matched).Well, ForwardXPathNavigator wasn't designed to be compared with XSE! It's simple poor man's (XmlReader) XPathNavigator. But as XPathNavigator it allows not only evaluate XPath queries, but to navigate node by node over XML too. I was planning to build XSE-like system based on ForwardXPathNavigator. Actually I must admit I didn't go far from proving the concept and don't have code to publish yet (in the face of brilliant XSE impl :). The idea behind XmlUpdater/XPathFilter was the following: just navigate over XML using ForwardXPathNavigator and check each node if it matches any registered XPath patterns. On each matched node call associated with the pattern callback method, providing it with enough context to to what it want - to skip node (transparency), to modify it etc.
I found pattern matching cheap enough operation and the whole prototype quite satisfying. What I dislike is too fragile nature of ForwardXPathNavigator. It's forward-only, so XPath patterns and the whole application must be too-carefully defined with forward-only concept in mind, what's not usual concept when working with XPath, right? Funny thing - ForwardXPathNavigator may move irrevocably when you just inspecting its properties in the debugger! Count property of XPathNodeIterator becomes obviously unusabe too. To put it another way - it's to hard to work with this stuff. And benefits are not so striking by the way. May be that's my bad design, dunno...