Another errata?

John Cowan cowan at
Tue Feb 2 22:15:55 GMT 1999

Mark Birbeck wrote:

> How not quite? A namespace is a set of unique entries *by definition*.
> That's what they are - a set of unique entries. You can't have a 'set of
> unique entries' that contains a duplicate.

That is not the definition of "namespace" used by REC-xml-names.
Clause 1 specifically denies that XML namespaces are sets.
> >  An element can have the same name as a global
> > attribute without problem.
> True. But they are not in the same namespace. According to A.2 the
> element would be in the 'all element types' partition, and the global
> attribute would be in the 'global attribute' partition.

They are in separate partitions of the same namespace.

> Of course, this might not be the source of your contradiction either.

Appendix A says that unprefixed attributes are assigned to one of the
per-element-type partitions of the namespace.  It also says that
unprefixed attributes are assigned to "associated namespaces".
Clause 5.3 is not involved and I shouldn't have dragged it in.

But none of this matters much because Appendix A is not normative.

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