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From "Robin Rigby" <>
Subject RE: Namespace: behaviour differences
Date Wed, 18 Jul 2007 18:53:36 GMT
Thanks.  That is how I understood it.  I had not seen the term
'prefix-independent' before. 

Robin Rigby
07785 765017

-----Original Message-----
From: Grzegorz Kossakowski [] 
Sent: 18 July 2007 19:32
Subject: Re: Namespace: behaviour differences

Robin Rigby pisze:
> Grzegorz
> Can you recommend a tutorial or other info for prefix-independent XSLT?

I'm not sure if such tutorial would exist because if you write stylesheets
using standard techniques they are prefix-independent. You make 
your stylesheet relying on namespace prefix if you use name()[1] function
instead of local-name()[2].

Even if you reference elements in stylesheet using prefix it's defined in
that stylesheet _locally_. It means that you could use different 
prefixes (pointing to the same namespace, of course) in processed XML and
XSL stylesheet and it should work.

I think it's crucial to understand that prefix is defined locally and is not
part of element's name but only element's expanded name.


Grzegorz Kossakowski

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