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   Re: [xml-dev] Illegal Characters in Namespace URIs

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Elliotte Rusty Harold wrote:

> I've been hunting through the Namespaces spec and I can find no BNF 
> grammar production or namespace constraint that indicates the value of 
> an xmlns or xmlns:prefix attribute actually has to be a legal URI 
> reference. They key seems to be section 6, which leaves out any 
> restriction on namespace names as part of the definition of conformance.

Section 1. says "An XML namespace is a collection of names, identified 
by a URI reference [RFC2396],"; this is echoed in section 2., which says 
  "The attribute's value, a URI reference, is the namespace name 
identifying the namespace."  Agreed that none of the apparatus of 2396 
is copied in, so the constraint is strictly by reference to that RFC.

Is this a problem? -Tim


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