[XML-SIG] SAX: Names with no namespace

Uche Ogbuji uche.ogbuji@fourthought.com
Tue, 20 Feb 2001 07:32:02 -0700

> We had a discussion earlier about how to represent the namespace URI
> of names that are not in any namespace, and this discussion was never
> properly concluded.

I thought it was.

> The alternatives seem to be None and '', and the question is which to
> choose. I see that the Java version of SAX has chosen '', but I think
> this is in large part because anything else would be very inconvenient
> because of the way Java and Java SAX are put together.
> Personally, I am leaning toward None, since that seems to me the best
> way to represent a missing namespace URI. That is also my only
> argument in favour.

Well, in the end I don't think there was a single dissention against "None", 
so I'd call it a group Pronouncement.

For those looking for these threads in the archive, note that it came up twice 
recently.  Look for the "DOM documentation update" subject line back in 
November/December and the "problem with empty namespace uri" subject in 

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