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[Bug 25062] New: Add specialized serialization requirements for element namespaces in XML/XMLNS

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Date: Sat, 15 Mar 2014 00:12:46 +0000
To: www-dom@w3.org
Message-ID: <bug-25062-4009@http.www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/>
https://www.w3.org/Bugs/Public/show_bug.cgi?id=25062

            Bug ID: 25062
           Summary: Add specialized serialization requirements for element
                    namespaces in XML/XMLNS
           Product: WebAppsWG
           Version: unspecified
          Hardware: PC
                OS: Windows NT
            Status: NEW
          Severity: normal
          Priority: P2
         Component: DOM Parsing and Serialization
          Assignee: travil@microsoft.com
          Reporter: travil@microsoft.com
        QA Contact: public-webapps-bugzilla@w3.org
                CC: mike@w3.org, www-dom@w3.org

Some notes, while I was working on bug 24208:

Firefox-as-reference:
"<xml:div/>" == new
XMLSerializer().serializeToString(document.createElementNS("http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace",
"foot:div"));

* "xml" prefix trumps actual prefix for nodes in the XML namespace in the XML
Serializer.
(Same goes for nested elements with XML namespace:
...appendChild(document.createElementNS("http://www.w3.org/XML/1998/namespace",
"toe:span"));
"<xml:div><xml:span/></xml:div>" -- XMLSerializer
"<foot:div><toe:span></toe:span></foot:div>" -- HTML Serializer uses QName

Per DOM4:
* XMLNS is tightly controlled (reserved) via createElementNS -- prefix/QName
<-must match-> namespace
* XML prefix -> XML namespace is controlled (reserved), but not vice-versa. 

Possible cases to handle:
"<xmlns:div/>" == new
XMLSerializer().serializeToString(document.createElementNS("http://www.w3.org/2000/xmlns/",
"xmlns:div"));
"<xmlns xmlns="http://www.w3.org/2000/xmlns/"/>" == new
XMLSerializer().serializeToString(document.createElementNS("http://www.w3.org/2000/xmlns/",
"xmlns"));
* ASSERT: Follows generic serializer rules with regard to expansion/prefix use.

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