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> >If this requirement had been foreseen
> Surely it was foreseen. QNames in content were first used by
> XPath/XSLT, and the namespaces spec had to be produced in a hurry
> precisely to avoid blocking work on a stylesheet spec.
Yes: QNames are used in patterns in the Dec 1998 draft of XSLT
which predates the Namespaces Rec of 14 Jan 1999.
There were of course people on this list who saw that all was not well: