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  • To: Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com>, xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Can we treat XML elements and attributes as sets
  • From: Mukul Gandhi <mukul_gandhi@yahoo.com>
  • Date: Sat, 20 Aug 2005 21:07:30 -0700 (PDT)
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Thanks Mike for clarification, and more information..
I did'nt knew namespace URIs could be null. At a
superficial level, I think namespace URIs cannot be
null in a XML document(or can they be?). I believe you
are referring null, when programming with XML
namespaces in a programming language(likely using some

Thanks in advance for any answers..


--- Michael Kay <mike@saxonica.com> wrote:

> Yes, I think it's correct - with one minor
> reservation: the XML Namespace
> recommendation insists, for some reason I have never
> understood, that names
> whose namespace URI is null are not "in a
> namespace". This leads to a great
> deal of tortuous circumlocution in other specs (such
> as the Schema
> recommendation). The model would be much simpler if
> one regarded such names
> as being in an unnamed namespace.
> Michael Kay
> http://www.saxonica.com/

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