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   Re: [xml-dev] Can we treat XML elements and attributes as sets

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> I don't think it's appropriate to consider an element with an
> unqualified name as being in a namespace with no name. 

xpath/xslt/xquery effectively treat these names as being in the
namespace with name "" without any obvious problems.
name equality works exactly the same for names in the namespace "" as it
does for other namespaces, so your <p> and my <p> are considered equal by
xpath if we both have a p in no-namespace.

>  then the following two
> elements would be the same kind of element, when obviously they are
> not:
> <a>pi</a>
> <a>
>   <b>3.14156</b>
> </a>

I'm not sure what is "obvious" here? I could use exactly the same
example with the elements being in a namespace:

<a xmlns="data:,x" >pi</a>

<a xmlns="data:,x" >

In what way is this situation any different from the no-namespace case?


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