RE: <xsl:stylesheet xmlns:xsl=" ?????">
[Quoting my message of 03:16 PM 10/05/2000 -0400] >In theory, the namespace URL (or URI, as it's called nowadays) doesn't make >any difference at all.
The "theory" I was referring to was the Namespaces in XML Recommendation, not the XSLT Rec. By convention, the namespace "URI" generally follows the classic http://whatever URL form, but the purpose of the URI -- to disambiguate local names from multiple vocabularies -- could be served as well by using URNs (as Microsoft does to associate XML docs with a Schema, e.g.) or indeed by anything at all... "xyz," "MyDogHasFleas," whatever. There certainly doesn't have to be (as the expression goes) a "there" there at all.
In practice, as I said, the URI often has to have a specific value in order to signal to a processor (of whatever kind), "Hey, Processor, wake up! Elements using this (possibly null) prefix are for *your* attention!" And, as you said, a compliant XSLT processor uses the "http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" URI as its wake-up call.
Okay, I'm being a butt. Time to go home. Good night.
Hmm. "Butt" is probably a little too harsh... but if I'd actually been reading the list at the time your message appeared, yes, I'd have told you to get some sleep. :)
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