Another errata?

John Cowan cowan at
Sun Jan 31 21:19:20 GMT 1999


> >No.  An attribute not explicitly labeled with a prefix belongs to the
> >same namespace as its element.

Et Timothaeus Bray responsit:

> No.  Adam Donahue is correct on this one.  The spec says explicitly,
> and then belabors the point with examples; defaults don't apply to
> attributes.  The only attribute that has a namespace is one that
> has a prefix.

Quite right.  This distinction was introduced into xml-names between
the August and September working drafts; the latter is the first which
contains the examples in question in the new clause 5.3.  Earlier
drafts said "The namespace of an unprefixed attribute is a function
of the type of the element to which it is attached, and to the namespace
(if any) of that element."  Context suggests that the function in
question is the identity function, but it is not explicitly specified.
But this is now moot.

I will have to fix my NamespaceFilter.

John Cowan					cowan at
		e'osai ko sarji la lojban.

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