[xquery-talk] copy-namespaces declaration - supported in Saxon? What about Zorba?

Michael Kay mike at saxonica.com
Mon Apr 2 15:42:38 PDT 2012

The no-preserve and no-inherit options affect the namespaces acquired by 
a newly constructed element node. But your query isn't constructing a 
new element node, it is selecting an existing one. When you select an 
existing node, you get that node as is, and the node you have selected 
has these two namespaces in scope. To get rid of them, you will have to 
construct a new element that is the same as the original except for its 

Michael Kay

On 02/04/2012 23:26, Chris Maloney wrote:
> Hi,
> I have this document:
>      <AppConfig xmlns:paf="http://ncbi.gov/portal/paf"
> xmlns:qs="http://ncbi.gov/portal/paf/querystring">
>         <AppController foo='bar'>
>           <fleegle/>
>         </AppController>
>      </AppConfig>
> which I'm processing with this XQuery:
>      xquery version "1.0";
>      declare copy-namespaces no-preserve, no-inherit;
>      doc("AppConfig.xml")//AppController/fleegle
> and I'm getting this as output from Saxon PE 9.3:
>      <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
>      <fleegle xmlns:paf="http://ncbi.gov/portal/paf"
>               xmlns:qs="http://ncbi.gov/portal/paf/querystring"/>
> But I want to get rid of the unused namespace nodes, and I thought
> "no-preserve" should do it.
> I found an email message from Michael Kay in Apr. 7, 2005, on the
> saxon help list, in which he wrote:
>      The basic functionality of copying an element without copying its
> namespaces
>      is there in the product (and used in XSLT) but it's not yet wired
> up to the syntax
>      of the query prolog. Sorry.
> Is it still not implemented, or am I doing something wrong?
> Can anybody tell me whether or not this is supported in Zorba?
> Thanks!
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