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- Subject: Re: [xml-dev] SAX survey: expected local name for non-namespace qualified
- From: Richard Tobin <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 2 Jun 2002 23:47:34 +0100 (BST)
- In-reply-to: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Organization: HCRC, University of Edinburgh
>1. Before now, what was your understanding of this point? When
>writing and teaching did you tell your students to rely on local
>names or qNames for non-namespace qualified elements? What have you
>relied on in your code?
I had always assumed that "local name" meant what "local name" means
in XPath and other namespace-based specs. That is, the local name of
an unprefixed name is the same as the name. So when using SAX I
relied on the local name for both prefixed and unprefixed elements.
Incidentally, the Namespaces spec is a bit inconsistent in its use of
the term "qualified name". The first time it uses it, it means
"prefixed name", but thereafter - and in particular in the definition
- it means "optionally prefixed name interpreted as referring to a
namespace / local part pair". I always use it in the second sense -
when using namespaces, all element and attribute names are qualified
names, but only some of them are prefixed.