SAX2: Namespace Processing and NSUtils helper class

David Megginson david at
Wed Dec 29 02:35:39 GMT 1999

Clark C. Evans writes:

 > On Sun, 26 Dec 1999 uche.ogbuji at wrote:
 > > I think that though the prefix is maintained for convenience, it should _not_ 
 > > be considered part of the name in any comparison at the semantic level.
 > >
 > > So, in short, I don't see a problem with
 > > {"", "a", ""} ==
 > > {"", "a", "html"}.  It's a very
 > > well-documented consequence of XML Namespaces 1.0, and users 
 > > should be aware of it.
 > Just testing edge cases...
 > 	    {"","a",""} != {"","a","html"}
 > 	and {"","a",""} == {"","a",""}

As I understood it, the suggestion was that

  {"", "a", ""} == {"", "a", "html"}

To tell the truth, I am not comfortable with either alternative, and
that's why I don't want to create a Name class.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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