[jdom-interest] Namespace issues, et al.

Malachi de AElfweald malachi at tremerechantry.com
Sun Feb 23 09:32:59 PST 2003

There is a couple problems with the link you provided.
It is not up-to-date (spec has changed since then), it is XML 1.0
(which I now understand JDOM is, but the W3 spec I sent to you wasn't),
and it was written by Elliotte in the first place (thus agrees with his 

"Copyright 2001, 2002 Elliotte Rusty Harold
elharo at metalab.unc.edu
Last Modified August 30, 2001"

I think the reason yourself and Elliotte are not comprehending why there is 
the confusion on JDOM handling of Namespaces is actually very simple. Until 
I didn't realize JDOM wasn't up to the current specification. I thought 
supported XML 1.1, as is required by many international businesses.


On Sun, 23 Feb 2003 11:12:42 -0600, Bradley S. Huffman 
<hip at a.cs.okstate.edu> wrote:

> Elliotte Rusty Harold writes:
>> No, no, no. Both claims are wrong, though the attribute claim is more 
>> wrong than the element claim. I don't know what you're looking at, but 
>> there is no section 6.2. Section 5.2 states, and I quote, "the default 
>> namespace does not apply to attribute names"
> I think it's Section 2 "Declaring Namespaces" that's causing the
> misunderstanding. Specifically the two definitions that start out
> with "If the attribute" are being incorrectly applied to  *all*
> attributes, not just *declaration* attributes. I think if they had
> used the word "declaration" instead of "attribute" those definitions
> wouldn't be mis-interrupted and incorrectly applied.
> I'd suggest newbies forget the spec.s and first go to your site for the
> well written seminar notes you have on namespaces:
> www.cafeconleche.org/slides/xmlone/london2002/namespaces
> After that, then go back and read the spec.s. It should make things a
> lot clearer.
> Brad
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