13 XPath axes

An XPath axis is a path through the node tree making use of particular relationship between nodes. We use the "child::*" axis and the "attribute::*" axis all the time but mostly their short form: "*" and "@*". The other axes are used far less often. If we need them or not very much depends on what we want to achieve. For more information see XPath axes in the W3C Recommendation.

Updated 2008-11-07