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Which QName?

From: Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2003 15:23:17 +0200
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I am unsure that this is an issue that should be considered by the TAG -- it may 
be more simply passed on to the XML CG -- however since the TAG is still working 
on rdfmsQnameUriMapping-6 and has resolved qnameAsId-18[0] without a mention 
that I could find of this problem, I think the TAG should be aware of the 
problem whether it thinks it constitutes an issue or not.

The qnameAsId-18 states that "using the in-scope namespace bindings has the 
advantage that it theoretically allows a generic processor to interpret QNames 
in content without having to be aware of any application-specific mechanisms".

That, unfortunately, is very theoretical. There is dissent on which of the QName 
resolving rule applies to QNames in content: for XML Schema's xs:QName, the 
"element rules" apply so that no prefix means the default namespace applies; for 
XSLT, the "attribute rules" apply, and no prefix means no namespace.

I haven't found a document explaining which of those is the best option, or even 
putting the emphasis on clearly defining which one is to be chosen.

This has caused a certain amount of confusion in a number of discussions here 
and there, notably the xml:id discussion that took place here a few months back.

Have a nice week-end!

Robin Berjon <robin.berjon@expway.fr>
Research Engineer, Expway        http://expway.fr/
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