Effective Element Name == "Expanded Name"
mct at foyt.indyrad.iupui.edu
Wed Sep 9 20:49:44 BST 1998
al> The "effective element name" is illustrated in section 6.3 of the proposed
Unfortunately, what is lacking in section 6.3 of the proposal,
is a clear statement of the semantics of an "Expanded Name."
>From your remark, I take it that you agree that the "meaning" of an element
is governed by the expanded name and that the particular prefix used
in a document is irrelevant. That is good news.
To define the semantics of namespaces, if you said something like:
Namespace conformant applications treat elements
as if their ELEMENT TAG were the Expanded Name
then you would have defined how DTD validators are to treat
documents with namespaces.
As it stands, the consensus on XMLDEV seems to be that documents with
namespaces are validated by "ignoring the meaning of the xmlns
prefix." So, <PN:NAME> is validated without regard to what the PN prefix
is actually defined to represent.
seem to be ignored,
and namespace defaulting cannot be used.
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