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   Re: SAX2: Namespace Processing and NSUtils helper class

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  • From: "Lauren Wood" <lauren@sqwest.bc.ca>
  • To: XMLDev list <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2000 12:15:16 -0800

On 5 Jan 00, at 12:00, Tim Bray wrote:

> Pardon for flogging this possibly-dead horse, but you have to read the 
> text of the namespace spec carefully to realise that you just can't ever 
> have a namespace URI whose value is "".  We should have put in a sentence 
> in section 5.2 saying "Note that as a consequence of this rule, it is not 
> possible to have a namespace whose value is the empty string."
> As a consequence of this, I have suggested that in SAX2, we use ""
> to represent the absence of a namespace rather than null.  

This also matches the DOM Level 2 usage, where the absence of a 
namespace can be represented by null or "", depending on the 
method or property.


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