Varying the attlist for an element depending on the element's parent

james anderson James.Anderson at
Sun Dec 6 15:34:41 GMT 1998

i note that the xml-names-19980916 draft leave some room for hope that this
might become possible.

presume, for the sake of argument, that the standard eventually attends to
prefix/namespace bindings within the dtd.

in that event, the clause on "The Per-Element-Type Partitions" in appendix A.2
describes the distinct names which could identify such attributes:

"Each type in the All Element Types Partition has an associated namespace in
which appear the names of the unqualified attributes that are provided for
that element. This is a traditional namespace because the appearance of
duplicate attribute names on an element is forbidden by XML 1.0. The
combination of the attribute name with the element's type and namespace name
uniquely identifies each unqualified attribute."

it would remain only to establish namespace scoping rules for an ATTLIST form
similar to those for the element instances in order to to be able to
differentiate identity among the encoded attribute names.

Eric A. Stephens wrote:
> After re-reading the spec last night it became (more) apparent that
> something like this would be the case.
> Thanks.
> On Thu, 3 Dec 1998, John Cowan wrote:
> > Eric A. Stephens scripsit:
> >
> > > What I'm looking to do is have different ATTLIST defs for the element TYPE
> > > depending on the element that TYPE is contained within.
> >
> > In a word, XML validation can't do it.  You have to declare the
> > attribute list definitions to be a union of the two cases, and
> > depend on hand-rolled validation inside the application to do the
> > job.

xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev at
Archived as:
To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo at the following message;
(un)subscribe xml-dev
To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo at the following message;
subscribe xml-dev-digest
List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa at

More information about the Xml-dev mailing list