"Namespaces in XML" idea?

Tyler Baker tyler at infinet.com
Tue Feb 9 20:53:54 GMT 1999

Lars Marius Garshol wrote:

> * Tyler Baker
> |
> | It would be nice if and when the namespaces recommendation is
> | updated if it mas made a formality that a conforming namespace aware
> | processor strips namespace nodes from the document model before
> | presenting the parsed content to the application.
> Do you think this is really necessary? I think in some cases it would
> be desirable to see them, and in most cases not. So even if this
> change is made I think it should be "at user option".

At least for interfaces like SAX I think this default "user option" should be to strip
namespace nodes.

> Anyway, it's a rather obvious user option, so methinks there isn't all
> that much need to mention it in the spec. The xmlproc namespace code
> currently has an option that lets the user decide whether the
> declaration attribute should be reported or not.

Yah that is true.  I would just argue that the default should be to strip for the sake of
consistency among XML namespaces processors or else the option not to strip should be a
proprietary feature of an XML namespaces processor and that formal conformance should be for
namespace processors to strip namespace nodes before presenting them to the application.


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