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From Geoff Howard <>
Subject Re: Again: "forgotten" namespaces problem
Date Mon, 02 Jun 2003 13:34:00 GMT
At 08:57 AM 6/2/2003, you wrote:

> > Seem not convinced? HTMLserializer that generates wrong output does not
> > convince the programmer? I mean, I can understand, if there is nobody
> > who has time or the capabilities to solve this bug, but not beeing
> > convinced sounds a little strange to me.
> >
>Don't tell me, tell the xalan babes:
>And read that last comment: even the W3C seems to think that HTML
>documents should contain the namespaces.

So... what I ended up doing was extending the HTMLSerializer (or whatever 
serializer you're using for your pipelines), and overriding the 
startPrefixMapping and endPrefixMapping methods to do nothing, effectively 
removing all namespaces from my HTML. This also had the added benefit of 
having no performance penalties (and theoretically, a ever-so-slight 
speedup since we no longer process namespaces in our serializer).

I have done exactly this before -- does this still work from a purely 
technical perspective?  If so, why wouldn't we just define an 
NoNsHTMLSerializer which extends HTMLSerializer and overrides
just those two methods?  Then, it's a user decision whether these 
namespaces belong
in real-world html.

Geoff Howard 

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