"Namespaces in XML" idea?

David Megginson david at megginson.com
Tue Feb 9 12:38:32 GMT 1999

Dan Brickley writes:

 > > 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.

The easiest way to resolve this question would be to decide that

1. Namespace declarations do not appear as attributes in the
   Namespaces view; and

2. some applications may require information from both the XML 1.0 and 
   the Namespaces view concurrently.

Note that neither is normative -- I'm proposing them only as rules of

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at megginson.com

xml-dev: A list for W3C XML Developers. To post, mailto:xml-dev at ic.ac.uk
Archived as: http://www.lists.ic.ac.uk/hypermail/xml-dev/ and on CD-ROM/ISBN 981-02-3594-1
To (un)subscribe, mailto:majordomo at ic.ac.uk the following message;
(un)subscribe xml-dev
To subscribe to the digests, mailto:majordomo at ic.ac.uk the following message;
subscribe xml-dev-digest
List coordinator, Henry Rzepa (mailto:rzepa at ic.ac.uk)

More information about the Xml-dev mailing list