URL: 19 Short Questions about Namespaces (with Answers)
tbray at textuality.com
Mon Feb 8 22:58:15 GMT 1999
At 05:06 PM 2/8/99 -0500, David Megginson wrote:
>In response to several private requests, I've recast my posting into a
>simple HTML page at the following location:
David, this is a terrific piece of work. One of your answers makes
[Q] What is the name of the third attribute in the example above?
[A] The name is xmlns:z from the XML 1.0 perspective; from the Namespaces
perspective, this attribute is a declaration.
Somehow the part beginning "... from the Namespaces perspective" feels
a bit like the question is being dodged: I'm spinning my wheels a bit
in trying to suggest something better. The point that's not being made
is that in a namespace-aware system, the xmlns:z attribute is
possibly just not there. For example (I just checked) if you use
expat and enable namespace processing, you just don't see the
xmlns attributes - I don't think this is compulsory, but it also
isn't surprising. I'll try to think this over some more, but somehow
[Q] What's it's name?
[A] It's a declaration.
doesn't quite feel satisfying. -Tim
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