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Simon St.Laurent wrote:
The namespaces specification made a simple but horrid
mistake in failing to recognize the close relationship
between an attribute and its containing element. That
there is a difference between:
seems like yet another consequence of a disastrous
specification. ... It's time to start fixing stuff
instead of just letting bad decisions perpetuate
themselves. In practice, I really doubt that this will
break ANY applications.
It has been generally acknowledged that you are correct
in that there _ought not_ be such a distinction but the
problem is that changing the specification at this stage
of the game, actually would break any number of real
world programs e.g.
<xsl:template match="x:foo[@x:bar]"> ...
now perhaps such XSLT could be recognized and auto-
<xsl:template match="x:foo[@bar]"> ...
but I'm sure that I've written something like the above
any number of times.