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   Re: "Namespaces in XML" idea?

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  • From: James Clark <jjc@jclark.com>
  • To: Ronald Bourret <rbourret@ito.tu-darmstadt.de>
  • Date: Tue, 09 Feb 1999 19:23:37 +0700

Ronald Bourret wrote:

> I was a little surprised to read that expat does not pass xmlns
> attributes to the application.

If you don't enable namespace processing, then expat of course does
parse xmlns attributes to the application.  However if you do enable
namespace processing, which means that prefixes get expanded into URIs,
then expat does indeed not pass xmlns attributes to the application
firstly because from the perspective of namespaces they are declarations
not attributes, and secondly because there is no URI defined to which
the xmlns prefix could be expanded.  However, it will, once I get a
chance to implement it, report namespaces declarations made using xmlns
attributes to the application using an additional callback.


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