In this paper we present a graphical query language for XML. The language, based on a simple form of graph grammars, permits us to extract data and reorganize information in a new structure. As with most of the current query languages for XML, queries consist of two parts: one extracting a subgraph and one constructing the output graph. The semantics of queries is given in terms of graph grammars. The use of graph grammars makes it possible to define, in a simple way, the structural properties of both the subgraph that has to be extracted and the graph that has to be constructed. We provide an example-driven comparison of our language w.r.t. other XML query languages, and show the effectiveness and simplicity of our approach.
A Query Language for XML Based on Graph Grammars / Flesca, Sergio; Furfaro, Filippo; Greco, Sergio. - In: WORLD WIDE WEB. - ISSN 1386-145X. - 5(2)(2002), pp. 125-157.