The per-element-type namespace partition

james anderson James.Anderson at
Wed Dec 22 19:51:00 GMT 1999

apologies, in advance, for flogging a grandfather for the crimes of his
progeny, but...

Andrew Layman wrote:

> That disclaimer aside, I recall that a major part of the motivation for the
> distinction was the desire to allow for "global attributes," where a
> qualified attribute such as "foo:href" could have a definition and meaning
> independent of the element within which it appeared, and at the same time
> continue the current practice fostered by DTDs in which an unqualified
> attribute may have a definition and meaning local to the enclosing element.

from which it would appear to be that the real issue is that, it was held to
be imperative that the following be XML-1.0+namespaces valid:

>         <foo:a foo:href="bar" href="bar" xmlns="x" xmlns:foo="x">

gee, there's no reason to object to that. on the other hand, when working to
implement this,  if a spec which can only be characterized as

> better or for worse, [saying] that the following two things are not necessarily
> the same:
>         <foo:a foo:href="bar">
>         <foo:a href="bar">

and leaves it up to each implementation - at point SAX2 - to say what they
are, the spec is not serving its purpose. hermeneutics aside. that something
is, finally, in a position to resolve this quandry is, welcome.

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