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  • From: "Oren Ben-Kiki" <oren@capella.co.il>
  • To: "XML List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 3 Feb 1999 12:58:52 +0200

James Clark <jjc@jclark.com> wrote:
>  <good a="1"/>
>what is the relationship between the attribute name "a" and the element
>type name "good"? It's hard to describe but they're clearly not
>unrelated: roughly speaking knowing what the attribute name "a" means
>depends on knowing what the element type name "good" means.  But we
>don't need to fight this one out: whatever this relationship is, when I
><{http://www.w3.org}good a="1"/>
>this relationship is exactly the same relationship as holds between the
>attribute name "a" and the element type name "{http://www.w3.org}good".
>XML namespaces aren't changing anything here.

So far, so good. But the question is: is it the same relationship between
and "good" or "{http://www.w3.org}good" in:

<good {http://www.w3.org}a="1"/>
<{http://www.w3.org}good {http://www.w3.org}a="1"/>

If it is the same relationship (I suspect it is), there's no such thing as
global attributes, and a lot of bandwidth has been wasted debating them - or
I misunderstood the debate :-)

Share & Enjoy,

    Oren Ben-Kiki

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