Revised namespaces draft available

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Aug 4 20:53:37 BST 1998

Peter Murray-Rust wrote:

>         - collate experience from those who have actually implemented namespaces
> (somewhere in the 1997..1998-05 period). For example I discovered while
> browsing XML4J today that it has considerable namespace support, and I'm
> sure there are other tools (I'm happy to make the latest JUMBO2 available
> shortly - it has a simple namespace approach).

Well, as author of NamespaceFilter (which now bites the dust), I suppose
I count as a namespace implementor.  I foresee no difficulties in
rewriting my code to meet the new draft (and at the same time adding
general support for inherited attributes, which I had wanted to do
as a ParserFilter anyway).  The new version will be less efficient,
since every startElement event will have to have its attributes
searched to see if a new xmlns:* attribute appears.

I would point out that people who use default or FIXED values of
xmlns:* attributes would be well advised to put them in the
internal subset, since non-validating parsers may not see them

>                 - IBTWSH

IBTWSH is non-namespace rather than single-namespace.

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