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Re: Hesitation on setAttributeNS

From: Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2003 18:57:44 +0100
Message-ID: <3FD75E98.2060804@expway.fr>
To: Andrew Clover <and-w3@doxdesk.com>
Cc: www-dom@w3.org

Andrew Clover wrote:
> Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr> wrote:
>>whether it is legal to use it with a defined nsURI, and a qName that
>>doesn't contain a prefix part.
> Sure it is. For example, the element in '<a xmlns="a"/>' has a non-null
> namespaceURI but no prefix. It must be possible to create the element by
> DOM methods without having to create the namespace declaration attribute.

True, and the spec does mention xmlns but as a special case (which it 
is, I surely hope no other prefix-less attribute can be considered to 
have a namespace in XML :) I didn't find it clear from the text that 
setting a nsURI and no prefix was allowed.

>>Most implementations seem to accept it, and then fail to serialise it 
> Up until DOM Level 3, there was nothing to say how (if at all) namespace
> fixup should be done in this case. This is better defined in the latest
> specs (dependent on the value of the 'namespaces' parameter to
> DOMConfiguration, an imp might be expected to do the fixup on serialisation
> and/or normalisation), with a suggested algorithm, so imps should hopefully
> become more standardised on this issue.

Yes, I'm not at all worried about that part which so far I've found rosy 
and fairly straightforward to implement.


Robin Berjon
Received on Wednesday, 10 December 2003 12:57:46 UTC

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