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

Bob Kline bkline at
Fri Jan 7 14:44:21 GMT 2000

On Fri, 7 Jan 2000, David Megginson wrote:

> Bob Kline writes:
>  > On 6 Jan 2000, David Megginson wrote:
>  > 
>  > > No, Tim and I are saying the same thing.  My firm 'no' (for most
>  > > applications) was to the question "Are they different?". 
>  > 
>  > I see.  If that's what the following passage meant then perhaps you'll
>  > understand my confusion.
> Understood -- I mistakenly wrote "identical" where I meant
> "different".  Sorry for the confusion.
> To make it clear, I believe that all real-world apps will treat the
> attribute names *identically* in examples like these:
>   <html:a href="foo">
>   <html:a html:href="foo">
> With the benefit of hindsight after more than a year's implementation
> experience, it's pretty clear that needlessly complicated the spec (a
> lot) and implementations (a little) by allowing these two cases to be
> distinguished.

David (and Tim, too):

Thanks for clearing things up.

Bob Kline
mailto:bkline at

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