Namespaces: prefixes vs. no prefixes

John Cowan cowan at
Wed Jul 29 16:15:04 BST 1998

Murray Altheim wrote:

> If a namespace-aware processor reads an unqualified external DTD and has
> access to the proper prefix (ie., the ns declaration occurs before the
> parser begins reading the DTD), then theoretically it could modify the DTD
> on the fly to grok the qualified document instance. I've been playing with
> this idea for several weeks. It relies on the ability of the parser to
> have access to the ns declaration before the DTD.

The current namespace draft *requires* that all namespace declarations
appear before the DOCTYPE declaration, and therefore before the
DTD (internal or external) is read.  See clause 2.2, sentence 1.

John Cowan		cowan at
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