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> So what does one call this 'set of names which has the name "", but which
one can for historical reasons not call a namespace'?
In many (maybe most) programming languages there is a difference between an
empty string and a null object. In the Python xml sig we ended up going
with the None object for that no-namespace case, on the grounds that that
the empty string could in fact be taken for a namespace that accidentally
just happened to be zero characters long, while the Rec said "no namespace".
(It's possible that all the code has not been converted over yet, but bit by