Namespaces does *not* formally introduce "global attributes"

Mark Birbeck Mark.Birbeck at
Fri Feb 5 20:13:22 GMT 1999

Tyler Baker wrote:
> One idea would be to have a processing instruction in the 
> prolog of the document which tells
> the XML Parser whether namespaces processing should be turned 
> on or not before parsing of the
> body begins.
> <?xml:namespaces status="on"?>
> XML Parser which cannot process XML namespaces would then 
> either throw an error or at least
> give a warning.

Except that the problem may be that a document uses two DTDs, one ns
compliant and one not. That's why I came to the conclusion that nodes
should conform, rather than entire documents.

Mark Birbeck
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Intra Extra Digital Ltd.
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