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Re: Test results for xmlns:foo attribute preservation across all browsers

From: Anne van Kesteren <annevk@opera.com>
Date: Thu, 06 Aug 2009 22:12:40 +0200
To: "Manu Sporny" <msporny@digitalbazaar.com>, "RDFa Developers" <public-rdf-in-xhtml-tf@w3.org>, "HTMLWG WG" <public-html@w3.org>
Message-ID: <op.ux9breml64w2qv@anne-van-kesterens-macbook.local>
On Thu, 06 Aug 2009 21:12:07 +0200, Manu Sporny  
<msporny@digitalbazaar.com> wrote:
> The test ensures that attributes originating in the markup of an HTML4
> document are preserved by the HTML parser and are preserved in the DOM.
> The xmlns:-style attributes are then accessed via pure Javascript and
> DOM-Level-1 mechanisms. Here is the test:
> http://html5.digitalbazaar.com/tests/xmlns-attribute-test.html
> We have verified that xmlns:-style attributes are preserved in the
> following browsers:
> Firefox 3.0.9, Firefox 3.5.1, Chrome 3.0.196, Internet Explorer 7.0,
> Internet Explorer 8.0, Safari 4.0, Opera 9, Arora 0.7.0, Konqeror 4.2,
> Epiphany 2.22, and Android 1.5 (T-Mobile G1)
> Maciej, I believe that these results were what you were expecting. Ben,
> Shane, Mark, these results contradict what I asserted this morning
> during the RDFa telecon.

If this is referring to the issue that was raised long ago regarding xmlns  
attributes in the DOM. The issue was not that they would not end up in the  
DOM. They do. This is interoperably implemented and required by HTML5. The  
issue is that they do not end up in the DOM in the same namespace as they  
do in XML. In XML xmlns attributes when added to the DOM are put in the  
http://www.w3.org/2000/xmlns/ namespace (see section 3 of /TR/xml-names).  
In HTML xmlns attributes when added to the are put in no namespace, just  
like any other attribute.

Henri explained this a lot, e.g. in  
but see also the other emails in that long thread...

Anne van Kesteren
Received on Thursday, 6 August 2009 20:13:51 UTC

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