is a prefix without a namespace legal?

Lauren Wood lauren at
Fri Jan 7 18:02:21 GMT 2000

On 7 Jan 00, at 7:00, Ray Whitmer wrote:

> There is currently an exception for xml and xmlns as prefixes

This is because the namespace spec says that xml and xmlns 
prefixes are special cases: the xmlns prefix is not bound to a 
namespace URI at all, while the xml prefix is bound to a specific 
namespace URI and cannot be changed. Hence these prefixes had 
to be treated as special cases in the DOM as well.


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