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   Re: HTML + CSS to XML + CSS - what about namespaces?

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  • From: lisa@exinet.co.za (Lisa Retief)
  • To: <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Tue, 30 May 2000 08:17:03 +0200

Hi Oliver,

> 1. The simplest way may be perhaps using a default namespace declaration:
>    <a xmlns="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40" href=...."> ...
>    I.e. you have to modify your XSL stylesheets accordingly.
>    Now you have all your HTML elements within the HTML namespace and the
>    CSS isn't affected.

Thanks for your suggestion, I am going to try it and see whether the browser
I am using will accept this.

> 2. Regarding your given example: I think this should be
>    <html:a href="http://www.w3.org/"
>            xmlns:html="http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40">online</html:a>
>    i.e. the href attribute is *not* prefixed. I belongs to the a element
>    of the HTML namespace and that's it.

The reason I have been prefixing the attributes with the namespace is that
we have a need to include our own "custom" attributes within these elements,
and can not assume that the name we choose for these custom attributes is
unique. Therefor to be safe we place the html namespace prefix before html
attributes, and our own namespace prefix before the custom elements. I
supspect this may have been overkill, or is this an accepted way to go about

Thanks Lisa

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