[xquery-talk] Newbie Q: Namespace Handling

David Carlisle davidc at nag.co.uk
Thu May 3 18:44:45 PDT 2007

Priscilla wrote

> Similarly, IE 6 does not properly italicize this:

> <html:html xmlns:html="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">

well, if it's served with an html mime type it wouldn't be correct to
italicize it (since it's not html). If it is served with an xml mime type
that IE knows about (eg application/xml but not  application/xhtml+xml)
then it _is_ parsed by a namespace aware parser, and the behaviour is the
same with the prefixed and unprefixed versions. Just not the behaviour
that you might wish.....

One way to deal with that in IE is to add an xsl stylesheet via
xml-stylesheet PI that does the unprefixing on the client, a simple
one template styleshete is enough to unprefix XHTML, or you could use
something like http://www.w3.org/Math/XSL/pmathml.xsl which will do the
reverse (adding prefixes) to any embedded MathML at the same time.


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