The Peace Process: DOM and namespaces...

James Clark jjc at
Thu Feb 11 05:12:57 GMT 1999

Rick Ross wrote:

> 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.

I can't see this.

Why can't you put a layer on top of the DOM that provides namespace
processing? For example, you could have an NSNode object that points to
the DOM Node and a set of prefix bindings (and probably a parent
NSNode).   The NSNode objects will be temporary.  You wouldn't have to
reparse the document, and you don't have to keep two trees in memory. 
You can also provide other things in this layer that help XSL
performance such as document order comparison.


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