Namespace question: Do attributes inherit the element's namespace?

Tim Bray tbray at
Fri Jan 7 00:56:35 GMT 2000

At 04:48 PM 1/6/00 -0800, Ray Waldin wrote:
>  <html:a href="foo" html:href="bar"/> 
>This element must be considered well-formed from the standpoint of XML
>1.0 + Namespaces in order to allow #3 at the application level, no?  And
>furthermore, applications wanting to live in #1 have to do extra work
>for each and every attribute to ensure that documents in #3 are in the
>subset that is universe #1.  Yikes!

That's correct.  Apps can't rely on a generic XML or namespace processor
to raise an error on this.  If they want to do so, they have to do the
work themselves.  But the alternative - never allowing this to happen - 
seemed even more unattractive. -Tim

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