XML and namespaces

Paul Boddie paul at boddie.org.uk
Tue Dec 6 17:22:21 CET 2005

Alan Kennedy wrote:
> Libxml2dom is of alpha quality, according to its CheeseShop page anyway.

Given that I gave it that classification, let me explain that its alpha
status is primarily justified by the fact that it doesn't attempt to
cover the entire DOM API. As I mentioned in my original contribution to
this thread, the serialisation is done by libxml2 itself - arguably a
wise choice given the abysmal performance of many Python DOM
implementations when serialising documents.

I'll look into namespace-setting issues in the libxml2 API, but I
imagine that the serialisation mechanisms control much of what you're
seeing, and it's quite possible that they can be configured to perform
in whichever way is desirable.


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