Attributes with Intent (and namespaces)

Chris Maden crism at
Wed Jul 8 20:15:05 BST 1998

[David Megginson]
>  > <xsl:rule pattern="html:p">
>  >   <paragraph>
>  >     <xsl:children/>
>  >   </paragraph>
>  > </xsl:rule>
> This is neither explicitly forbidden nor explicitly supported in the
> current namespaces draft -- the meaning of colons in attribute
> values is undefined.

That's true.  But in XSL, that attribute contains element type names,
and so I would expect an XSL processor to handle them as such.

> More generally, however, it might make sense to partition rules by
> namespace, either in separate XSL specs or at least in separate
> sections; the reason is that well-known namespaces will often come
> with their own XSL specifications, and the author of a top-level XSL
> spec should not have to duplicate that work.

He wouldn't have to; he can include the well-known stylesheets and
override parts of them.  That doesn't imply a need for segregation.
(It is possible that XSL will have stylesheet sections, but I don't
think that namespaces alone necessitate them.)

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