Namespace prefix question

Hunter, David dhunter at
Thu Feb 3 19:30:57 GMT 2000

This is actually more of a confirmation than a question:  Can I use the same
namespace prefix more than once in an XML document, pointing to different
namespaces?  Like the following:

<hi:element xmlns:hi="">
  <hi:element2 xmlns:hi=""/>

Regardless of the fact that this is probably a bad idea, is it legal?  MSXML
doesn't complain, and neither does the XML parser bundled with XT (XP?).

David Hunter
david.hunter at

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