"Namespaces in XML" idea?
Daniel.Brickley at bristol.ac.uk
Tue Feb 9 09:43:08 GMT 1999
On Tue, 9 Feb 1999, Ronald Bourret wrote:
> Lars Marius Garshol wrote:
> By the way, I was a little surprised to read that expat does not pass xmlns
> attributes to the application. I had always assumed that attributes were
> part of the document's data and therefore the processor was required to
> pass them to the application. [...]
A pragmatic reason for passing on the xmlns:xyz information is that some
applications might want to go beyond what 'Namespaces in XML' itself
provides and use similarly abbreviated values _inside_ data attributes
instead of full URIs (eg. for data types), and make use of the XMLNS
info when doing so.
(where USEFUL has an xmlns:USEFUL declaration somewhere)
By cutting out this information at such a low level, applications won't
be able to consider doing this sort of thing.
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