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Re: [xml-dev] My proposal: Implicit namespaces

Liam Quin schrieb am 06.08.2009 um 11:11:09 (-0400):
> On Thu, Aug 06, 2009 at 03:16:58PM +0100, Dave Pawson wrote:
> > On 08/06/2009 10:21 AM, Michael Kay wrote:
> [...]
> >> Another way to achieve this goal is to allow the designer of an XML
> >> vocabulary (=a set of namespaces) to define
> >> 
> > >(a) a list of predeclared namespace prefixes for that vocabulary
> >> (b) a list of local names that are known to be in each of those
> >>     namespaces

"Predeclared" and "known". The parsing context (or whatever you would
call that) can be statically established. No prefix scoping to deal

> >> When invoking an XML parser, the user should be able to reference
> >> this "vocabulary definition",
> [...]
> >> An "nnML parser" is then an XML parser with built-in knowledge of
> >> the nnML vocabulary definition.
> This is very close to the proposal I've made...

I might be wrong, but I'm not sure it is. Reasons below.

> > So for docbook you'd have an author include all 300+ namespaced
> > elements ?
> You only need to list those elements that can occur embedded in
> another vocabulary, plus the top-level element.  For example, a list
> item might not make sense without a containing list.

But then again, it might:

<xsl:template match="Liste">
  <list><xsl:apply-templates select="Artikel"/></list>

<xsl:template match="Artikel">

This particular example doesn't matter much, but with XSLT used to
generate XML, it is questionable to preclude any element from appearing
embedded in another vocabulary.

> So, a docbook list would automatically introduce the docbook namespace
> for all the elements it contained (until you got down to ones that
> implied some other namespace, such as "svg" perhaps).

Voilą the concept of scope reintroduced, isn't it? It's just that
now the current namespace is not signalled by a prefix attached to
a declaration, but by the last namespace-scope-setting element.

In streaming mode, you wouldn't know what namespace you're in unless you
swim back up the river to find a namespace-scope-setting ancestor.

Michael Ludwig

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