Namespace question: Do attributes inherit the element's namespac e?

Hunter, David dhunter at
Thu Jan 6 17:30:56 GMT 2000

This question is coming up when I'm trying to explain how XSLT works, in the
context of namespaces.

Consider the following XSLT stylesheet:
<xsl:stylesheet version="1.0"
  <xsl:template match="/">
      <xsl:for-each select="/strings/s">
        <p><xsl:value-of select="."/></p>

Consider the match attribute of the <xsl:template> element - is that
attribute in the XSLT namespace, or is it in no namespace?  Same question
goes for the attributes on all of the other XSLT elements.  From my
experimentation with a simple stylesheet which prints out the namespace of
every element/attribute, it looks like XT considers those attributes to be
in no namespace.  My DOM implementation of choice also reports those
attributes as having no namespace URI.

So if that's true, why don't XSL processors care that the attributes they're
processing aren't in the XSLT namespace?

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