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   Re: attribute lists and namespaces

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  • From: Richard Tobin <richard@cogsci.ed.ac.uk>
  • To: Eric Melski <ericm@scriptics.com>, xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 1999 00:27:46 +0100

> Notice that I have declared an attribute list for the DETAILS element in
> the foo namespace.

No, unfortunately.  DTDs are not namespace-aware, and they work on
the surface form of the document.  There is no way to declare anything
about an element in a namespace, only about an element with a given

If you want to mix DTDs and namespaces, you will have to use
consistent prefixes everywhere.  Whether namespaces gain you anything
with that constraint depends on your application.

We expect one of the advantages of schemas to be that they will
provide a namespace-aware equivalent of DTDs.

-- Richard

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