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Subject: RE: Attributes with default namespaces? XSLT Rec question..
From: Geert Josten <Geert.Josten@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Nov 2008 18:17:30 +0100
RE:  Attributes with default namespaces? XSLT Rec   que
Hi Ken,

I would rather say the notion of 'being in no namespace' slipped my attention.
I found the relevant part in section 6.2:

        "A default namespace declaration applies to all unprefixed element
         names within its scope. Default namespace declarations do not apply
         directly to attribute names; the interpretation of unprefixed
         is determined by the element on which they appear.

        ...The namespace name for an unprefixed attribute name always has no


Thanks for sharpening my attention..

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> From: G. Ken Holman [mailto:gkholman@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
> Sent: donderdag 13 november 2008 17:59
> To: xsl-list@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: Re:  Attributes with default namespaces? XSLT
> Rec question..
> At 2008-11-13 17:50 +0100, Geert Josten wrote:
> >A question about the XSLT recommendation..
> I think you'll find the answer in the Namespaces in XML
> recommendation.
> >If you add the following to your XSLT stylesheet:
> >         <test xmlns="http://test">
> >                 <xsl:attribute name="test"/>
> >         </test>
> >
> >What namespace should that attribute receive?
> Namespaces in XML states that attributes without prefixes are
> in no namespace, not in the default namespace:
>    http://www.w3.org/TR/2006/REC-xml-names11-20060816/#uniqAttrs
> >Should the result be:
> >         <test xmlns="http://test" test=""/>
> Yes ... because the element is in the default namespace and
> the attribute is in no namespace.
> >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."
> Makes sense since unprefixed attributes are in no namespace.
> >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.
> Not when you take into consideration that unprefixed
> attributes are in no namespace.
> >  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..
> As they should.
> >Am I misinterpreting the XSLT recommendation?
> No, you are unaware of the constraints of the namespaces
> recommendation.
> I hope this helps.
> . . . . . . . Ken
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