Attributes with Intent (and namespaces)

MURATA Makoto murata at
Tue Jul 7 04:08:34 BST 1998

G. Ken Holman wrote:
> When I write my stylesheets, then, will I have to write the following?
> (a) namespace aware for element:  <mycompany:para>
> <rule>
>     <target-element type=''/>
>     <paragraph
>         space-before='10pt'>
>         <children/>
>     </paragraph>
> </rule>

Since I am not a member of the XSL working group, I have not seen 
the working draft of DSSSL.  But I believe that this is basically 
the right way to go.  

We probably need some syntax sugar.  I would like to introduce some 
constructs such as this:

<rules-for-namespace  ns="">
   <!-- Bunch of rules for this namespace here.  Names do not have to 
   be qualified.  They are all assumed to belong to this namespace.  -->  

I might even want to reference to an external stylesheet.  For example:

		style="" />
	<!-- rules in the referenced stylesheet are assumed to apply 
	to this namespace -->

By doing so, many stylesheets can reuse a set of rules designed for a 
single namespace.   I think that this is in the spirit of the namespace 

(I have to admit that tables are harder if columns and text elements belong 
to different namespaces.)

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