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  • From: Dylan Walsh <Dylan.Walsh@TSS.ie>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Tue, 11 Apr 2000 10:35:29 +0100

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Eric Bohlman [SMTP:ebohlman@netcom.com]
	Sent:	10 April 2000 22:39
	>On Mon, 10 Apr 2000, Dylan Walsh wrote:
	>> I am under the impression that if when an XML parsers and DTD do
	>> distinguish the namespace prefix from the name of an element,
that is if the
	>> namespace prefix is "a" in the DTD, I use the prefix "b" in my
document (but
	>> it points to the same namespace URL), my document won't validate.
Is this
>> correct?

>You're correct.  <!ELEMENT> and <!ATTLIST> declarations deal with element
	>and attribute names at the purely lexical level and treat QNames as
>literal strings.  

To quote Southpark, "that's pretty ****ed up right there!". Doesn't this
pretty much make a joke out of idea that namespace prefixes are arbitrary,
and all that matters is the namespace URI, if the prefixes are effectively
hardcoded into the DTD?

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