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   Re: Undeclared namespace

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  • From: "Rick Jelliffe" <ricko@allette.com.au>
  • To: <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 13:49:43 +0800

 From: Andrew Layman <andrewl@microsoft.com>

>Would you seriously like me to go on a campaign to change this?  I can.
>before you say "yes," though, please make sure that you have a settled,
>detailed technical proposal that you are all happy with, is tested, and
>is agreed on by the relevant W3C activities.  If you do that, I will be
>happy to ask to have the behavior changed.

There was a related problem in certain XML systems: if you used
"xml:lang" in a document they required a DTD; if you gave them a DTD
they gave an error claiming that there is an attempt to use the reserved
"xml:" prefix.

With QAML I just gave up using namespaces or requiring DTDs because I
couldn't find a combination that worked reliably on each system.  (This
was using an early IE5 and a very early LotusXSL.)

I hope that things have changed, but I don't know where people get the
idea that people will not use both namespaces and DTDs. Not the least
because DTDs can have infoset contributions that (perhaps) schemas do

I think if Microsoft thinks that namespace attributes in DTDs should be
#FIXED, the correct place to get this happening is in the Namespace
Specification, not in some product.  I would welcome any attempt by
Andrew to get IE changed to something more useable.

Rick Jelliffe

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