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Subject: Attributes with default namespaces? XSLT Rec question..
From: Geert Josten <Geert.Josten@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 17:50:41 +0100
 Attributes with default namespaces? XSLT Rec question.
Hi all,

A question about the XSLT recommendation..

If you add the following to your XSLT stylesheet:
        <test xmlns="http://test">
                <xsl:attribute name="test"/>

What namespace should that attribute receive? Should the result be:
        <test xmlns="http://test" test=""/>

..or (something like)
        <test xmlns="http://test" _:test="" xmlns:_="" />

[ Please read on first.. ;-) ]

The XSLT 2.0 recommendation states:
        "If the namespace attribute is not present, then the lexical Qname
         is expanded into an expanded-QName using the namespace declarations
         in effect for the xsl:attribute element, not including any default
         namespace declaration."

        (http://www.w3.org/TR/xslt20/#creating-attributes, 9th paragraph or

The xsl:attribute has no namespace attribute, and the lexical Qname contains
no prefix. But since de default namespace declaration should not be included
in resolving/expanding the Qname, I would expect the latter result should
appear. However, the latter is not valid according to:
        (http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-xml-names/#ns-decl, 2nd paragraph or so)

..nor does any of the common implementations give that result, the all return
the first..

Am I misinterpreting the XSLT recommendation?

Kind regards,

Drs. G.P.H. Josten

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