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Re: Determining attribute uniqueness seems to require namespace prefix in Infoset

From: Donald E. Eastlake 3rd <dee3@torque.pothole.com>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2000 14:39:23 -0400
Message-Id: <200008111839.OAA06618@torque.pothole.com>
To: "John Boyer" <jboyer@PureEdge.com>
cc: <xml-names-editor@w3.org>, <www-xml-infoset-comments@w3.org>, "XML DSig" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>

From:  "John Boyer" <jboyer@PureEdge.com>
To:  <xml-names-editor@w3.org>
Cc:  <www-xml-infoset-comments@w3.org>, "XML DSig" <w3c-ietf-xmldsig@w3.org>
Date:  Fri, 11 Aug 2000 10:15:32 -0700

>Dear Editors,
>Please see the first example of Section 5.2 and the sentence immediately
>above it, which says "Note that default namespaces do not apply directly to
>attributes" [1].  One chairman of the XML DSig group recently commented that
>the word 'directly' may be intended to indicate that unqualified attributes
>inherit their namespace setting from the parent element.  This seems
>sensible to me as the href attribute should be in the same namespace as the
>parent element <a>.

No, I did not say that attributes "inherit their namespace setting
from the parent element".  I said that they are qualified by their
element.  That is, in

<b:a xmlns:b="foo:bar" c="xyz">

it is "as if" c were actually b:a:c except, of course, that this
syntax is illegal.

>[1] http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml-names/#defaulting
>However, now look at the last example of Section 5.3.  The second occurence
>of <good> has attributes a and n1:a.  This is declared as legal, but if 'a'
>inherits its namespace setting from good, then a and n1:a appear to be

But n1:a and n1:good:a would be different.

>Could you please advise us on the correct interpretation (and fix the error
>if indeed there is one)?
>     John Boyer
>      Development Team Leader,
>      Distributed Processing and XML
>      PureEdge Solutions Inc.
>      Creating Binding E-Commerce
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