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Re: local unqualified element names and default namespaces

  • From: "Fraser Goffin" <goffinf@g...>
  • To: "XML Developers List" <xml-dev@l...>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Nov 2006 23:22:12 +0000

default namespace unqualified
The 'name' element is declared to be in no namespace via your
elementFormDefault attribute value of 'unqualified'.

> In other words when working out the 'full' name of an element, does the
> definition of the default namespace effectively override the {no namespace}
> for a local element or not?

No. Thats just a namespace binding you're using within the schema, not
in an instance document.


On 09/11/06, Pete Cordell <petexmldev@t...> wrote:
> Hi,
> I've managed to confuse myself about namespaces and schemas - please help!
> If I define an unqualified local element such as 'name' in:
> <xsd:schema xmlns:xsd="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema"
>        targetNamespace="http://www.abc.com" xmlns="http://www.abc.com"
>        elementFormDefault="unqualified">
>    <xsd:element name="MyAddress" type="AddressType"/>
>    <xsd:complexType name="AddressType">
>        <xsd:sequence>
>            <xsd:element name="name" type="xsd:string"/>
>        </xsd:sequence>
>    </xsd:complexType>
> </xsd:schema>
> Then, if I have the following instance:
> <MyAddress xmlns="http://www.abc.com">
>    <name>Pete</name>
> </MyAddress>
> when deciding what to validate 'name' against, is it treated as if it is {no
> namespace}:name, {http://www.abc.com}:name (in which case validation will
> fail) or something else?
> In other words when working out the 'full' name of an element, does the
> definition of the default namespace effectively override the {no namespace}
> for a local element or not?
> Going a bit further... if (validated by another schema) I have:
> <MyDetails xmlns="http://www.abc.com">
>    <ans:MyAddress xmlns:ans=http://www.abc.com/addr>
>        <name>Pete</name>
>    </ans:MyAddress>
> </MyDetails>
> Is name's full name {no namespace}:name (due to being defined as
> unqualified), {http://www.abc.com}:name (due to the default namespace being
> http://www.abc.com), or {http://www.abc.com/addr}:name (due to being local
> to ans:MyAddress)?
> Many thanks,
> Pete.
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