tricky XHTML 1.0 namespace question

David Megginson david at
Mon Jan 17 19:04:20 GMT 2000

"Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl at> writes:

> If so, is:
>                       This is also available <xhtml:a
> xhtml:href="">online</xhtml:a>.
> equivalent to:
>                       This is also available <xhtml:a
> href="">online</xhtml:a>.
> While XHTML seems to assume that attributes with no prefix fall into
> the namespace of their containing element throughout, I can't find
> this stated explicitly.  (Perhaps they weren't aware that this has
> been a contentious issue?)

Yes, it would have been better if RDF and XHTML had included explicit
statements to this effect, though I have yet to see a spec that does
things the other way.  It's not too late for XHTML -- try submitting a 
formal comment to the WG before it goes to REC.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david at

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