Namespaces and Validating XML Parsers Question

james anderson James.Anderson at
Wed Jan 5 14:33:20 GMT 2000

The question and the answer address separable issues. One is, as

Andrew Layman wrote:
> The namespaces specification does not provide any particular means to
> associate a namespace with any defining or collateral documents (e.g.
> schemas).

The other, in the

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bruce D. Nilo [mailto:bruce at]

>  how a validating parser knows how to associate an element or
> attribute that is in a specific namespace with the elements and
> attributes of either an external or internal DTD reference.

Which is not that of how to "associate a schema with a namespace", but that of
how to associate names in a known DTD with namespaces specified in a known
document. They are often conflated. The work on schemas may eventually lead to
their simultaneous solution. This does not mean that they are the same.

The namespace REC specifies the first issue as outside of its scope and
"punts" on the second.

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