XQuery 1.0 has become a W3C Proposed Recommendation (along with XPath 2.0 and XSLT 2.0). This has been a long (unbelievably long) time in coming and I’m glad to see this technology finally becoming official. There is still a small bit of finalization that will occur before XQuery becomes an official W3C Recommendation and this will not happen till at least January.
XQuery is not a perfect language, but it is pretty good for a lot of data-oriented XML processing use cases and certainly a lot more natural than XSLT for my relational-dbms trained brain.
Congrats to the XQuery team for sticking with it!