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   RE: XML Schema Question: default namespace misses attributes

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  • From: Michael Rossi <mrossi@crusher.jcals.csc.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Thu, 10 Feb 2000 11:30:26 -0500

John Cowan wrote:
> <snip/>
> Colon-free attributes are not in the *same*
> namespace as the element, but rather in a (sub)namespace *defined*
> by the element.

   But that doesn't buy us anything, what's the practical application of
such a subtle distinction?

> That's the rationale behind what the Rec says:
> there is no necessary connection between attribute foo in element A
> in namespace baz, and attribute foo in element B in namespace baz,
> but baz:foo is directly in namespace baz, independent of what element
> it appears in.

   Again, this is undoubtedly _technically_ correct. But I can't see how it
helps in real applications. This should really be very simple: by definition
(and no, I haven't looked it up word-for-word) an attribute modifies an
element, it's metadata. It is absolutely, positively, unequivocably attached
to the element it modifies in every way. I don't see how it makes any sense
to say that it can be defined in some other namespace. What's the point?

Michael A. Rossi
856-983-4400 x4911


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