Undeclared namespace

Andrew Layman andrewl at microsoft.com
Mon Nov 1 19:17:15 GMT 1999

Mark Birbeck, regarding the Microsoft MSXML parser handling of xmlns
attributes in DTDs, wrote "This seems to be generally accepted as

Scanning the archives will reveal that the interaction of namespaces and
DTDs is one in which every decision has drawbacks. Microsoft took the most
conservative position.  This may not have been the best course (though
debate here on XML-Dev and elsewhere does not seem to reach a settled
technical conclusion), but in any case, by virtue of being conservative, it
leaves open the possibility of loosening the handling in the future if the
least-problematic behavior becomes known, whereas the reverse would not have
been true.  

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