Why namespaces?

Paul Prescod paul at prescod.net
Fri Sep 3 13:49:10 BST 1999

David Carlisle wrote:
> <xsl:template match='html1:P |html2:P | html3:P'>
> </xsl:template>
> You can't just `use local names'. 

You can if you use local-name(). You're right that the abbreviation I
was trying to use does not work.

> It appears that XHTML is defined as an application of XML 1.0 rather
> than XHTML 1.0 + namespaces, so it isn't at all clear why it has to have
> _any_ namespace allocated.
> So XHTML distinguishes between equivalent forms of a document (according
> to the namespace REC) thus would be better described as an XML 1.0
> application and not mention namespaces at all, wouldn't it?

You would think....

 Paul Prescod

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