dumb namespaces question

John Cowan cowan at locke.ccil.org
Thu Sep 2 23:59:55 BST 1999

Simon St.Laurent scripsit:
> The end of section 2 of 'Namespaces in XML' saith:
> >Namespace Constraint: Leading "XML"
> >Prefixes beginning with the three-letter sequence x, m, l, in any case 
> >combination, are reserved for use by XML and XML-related specifications. 
> To me, that means that you can't start your own namespaces using xml or
> whatever.  However, it isn't clear what this means for namespace processing
> with xml:space and xml:lang.  There is no declared namespace for these
> lucky attribute values.

Clause 4 saith:

# The prefix xml is by definition bound to the namespace name
# http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace.

But there is no namespace for xmlns, because that prefix is truly magic.

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