The Peace Process: DOM and namespaces...

Tim Bray tbray at
Wed Feb 10 22:06:45 GMT 1999

At 04:58 PM 2/10/99 -0500, Rick Ross wrote:
>We are in a conundrum at Activated Intelligence because we earnestly wish to
>support open standards well in our XML products, but the XSL working draft
>specification requires  namespace support that apparently cannot be
>implemented effectively if the primary input source is a dynamically built
>DOM tree. It is impossible to overstate the business value and importance of
>DOM trees as a form of input.
>Surely there must be effective middle ground? I hope our dialog can reveal

The problem is that the DOM doesn't have namespace support yet.  They
couldn't possibly have had it - the DOM went to recommendation before
namespaces were done.  The DOM people know this is a problem and will
have namespace support in their level 2.  It would be nice if this
were here today, but it isn't.


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