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Re: A radical finding on Using Qualified Names (QNames) as Identifiers in Content

From: james anderson <james.anderson@setf.de>
Date: Fri, 28 Jun 2002 19:34:47 +0200
Message-ID: <3D1C9E06.EB07527E@setf.de>
To: www-tag@w3.org

an architectural finding which stipulated dynamic extent for prefix/namespace-name bindings would be a good thing.

it is more a "strict" view of their use than it is a "radical" one.

among other things, it would permit future versions of the xml information set to deprecate in-scope namespaces.


Norman Walsh wrote:
> Having considered Rick's message, I can see the following radical alternative.
> (I'm not sure I support it, I'm just floating it for comment.)
> 1. Stipulate that xmlns declarations are [for bindings needed by
>    the parser *only*]. In other words, for qualified element and attribute names.
>    This gives the XML parser complete freedom to discard any namespace
>    binding that it does not need.

i would understand the first sentence to imply that, once element and attribute names have been resolved, a processor would be
licensed to disregard *all* bindings, if not to discard them.

> 2. Since all qnames in attribute values and element content exist only
>    for some application to process (the parser can't see them),
>    stipulate that the application must provide some other mechanism
>    for associating prefixes and namespace names.
>    This puts those extra bindings into the content of the XML document
>    (or entirely out of band) in ways that no processor would consider
>    discarding.
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