Attributes with Intent (and namespaces)

Peter Murray-Rust peter at
Wed Jul 1 09:36:25 BST 1998

Thank you very much for your suggestion.

At 13:20 01/07/98 +0900, MURATA Makoto wrote:
>We can implement attribute inheritance by SAX or other event-driven 
>API's (e.g., XML in perl).
>We only have to introduce one method of the class DocumentHandler. 
>	setInheritedAttributes(String)
>	This sets names of inherited attributes.  By default, 
>	"xml:lang" and "xml:space" are inherited.
>An attributeList (the second argument for startElement) 
>now contains attribute-value pairs for inherited 
>Does such an API cover your concern?

If we agree on it I think it's undoubtedly the best way forward :-). IOW we
build a public implementation of 'inheritance' - make the code and examples
public and that effectively defines what the community at large understands
by the spec. In this way anyone on the SIG or WGs who has a differently
interpretation can speak up now.

The only qualification is that the API has to be very well documented so we
all agree what it does!


>Of course, this has to become namespace-aware.  That is, the argument 
>of setInheritedAttribute should be a pair of URI and local part.

Of course. And working this out in public would be valuable.

Peter Murray-Rust, Director Virtual School of Molecular Sciences, domestic
net connection
VSMS, Virtual Hyperglossary

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