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prefix not bound to a namespace

  • From: Skip Evans <skip@b...>
  • To: xml-dev@l...
  • Date: Fri, 12 Oct 2007 15:32:37 -0400

prefix not bound to a namespace
Hey all,

I just joined the list and hope to solve a problem 
I'm having with an XML file.

I'm a PHP/MySQL developer with lots of coding 
experience but no real XML experience. I am now 
working on a project for a client that will 
involve reading XML files.

I have a file beginning with the following:

<?xml version="1.0" ?>
<!DOCTYPE galeeBkdoc PUBLIC "-//Gale//DTD Gale 
eBook Document DTD 20031113//EN" "galeeBkdoc.dtd">
<html gale:versionNumber="OEB 1.2, Gale 1.0">

I also have the file galeeBkdoc.dtd in the same 
directory as the XML file, and it contains the 

<!ATTLIST html  xml:lang 
%LanguageCode.datatype;  #IMPLIED
%URI.datatype;           #FIXED 
                   xmlns:gale         CDATA 
              #FIXED 'http://www.gale.com/eBooks'
                   gale:versionNumber CDATA 
              #FIXED 'OEB 1.2, Gale 1.2' >
<!ELEMENT head (%HeadOpts.mix; , gale:docName , 
gale:documentCitation , ((title , %HeadOpts.mix; , 
(base , %HeadOpts.mix;)?) | (base , %HeadOpts.mix; 
, (title , %HeadOpts.mix;))))>

But when I attempt to load the XML file into 
Firefox running on Ubuntu Linux I get the 
following error:

XML Parsing Error: prefix not bound to a namespace
Line Number 3, Column 1:<html 
gale:versionNumber="OEB 1.2, Gale 1.0">

I've Googled this error, but I don't think I found 
anything relevant to my problem, or at least my 
newness to XML prevented me from understanding it.

Does this seem to indicate that the XML file is in 
fact not finding the DTD file, or is there 
potentially another problem?

Any help anyone could offer would be greatly 


Skip Evans
Big Sky Penguin, LLC
503 S Baldwin St, #1
Madison, WI 53703
Check out PHPenguin, a lightweight and versatile
PHP/MySQL, AJAX & DHTML development framework.

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