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From "Dmitri Plotnikov" <>
Subject Re: [JXPath] Registering namespace prefixes
Date Sun, 18 Jan 2004 01:52:47 GMT

I added registration of external namespaces to JXPath. My solution is a
little different from the one proposed by Sudhir.  The main difference in
the API is that instead of calling registerNamespace directly on
JXPathContext, you call it indirectly like this:

   JXPathContext context = JXPathContext.newContext(document);
   NamespaceManager nsm = context.getNamespaceManager();
   nsm.registerNamespace ("prefix", "");

Take a look at the NamespaceManager interface - you can supply your own
implementation, which could perform very flexible customizations of
namespace lookup.

Please note that external namespaces are supported with DOM but not JDOM,
because JDOM B9 at this point requires that all namespaces be explicitly
declared in the XML file itself.

Chap, Sudhir, if you guys get a chance to try out the new APIs to see if
they address your needs, I will highly appreciate it.


- Dmitri

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Sudhir Rao" <>
To: <>
Cc: <>
Sent: Saturday, December 06, 2003 6:41 PM
Subject: Re: [JXPath] Registering namespace prefixes

> I made some local modifications for this. I am not sure if adding  that
> registerNamespace is the right way to do it, as I am not very familiar
> with the codebase. The changes I did locally were to
> a) Modify to include the
> namespace prefix (similar to the one in Apache Axis). Had to tweak it a
> bit to consider the prefix as the namespaceURI however to keep it
> compatible with existing code.
> b) Maintain a HashMap of prefixes to namespace URIs in the TreeCompiler
> class.
> c) Modify the TreeCompiler.qName(..) to populate the namespace URI in
> the QName instance returned.
> d) Add the registerNamespace method to JXPathContextReferenceImpl and
> JXPathContext which in turn call a registerNamespace in Compiler class.
> I can send across my changes if someone would like to look into it.
> -Sudhir
> >From: Prasad A. Chodavarapu <>
> >Subject: [JXPath] Registering namespace prefixes
> >Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 12:32:23 -0500
> >Content-Type: text/plain;
> > charset="iso-8859-1"
> >
> >
> >
> >Hi All:
> >
> >Is there a way of registering a namespace prefix upfront in a
> >JXPathContext so that I can then use that prefix in xpath expressions?
> >Here's what I'm looking for, in pseudo-code.
> >
> >JXPathContext domContext = JXPathContext.newContext(document);
> >domContext.registerNamespace
> >  (, "prefix");
> >domContext.getValue("prefix:a/prefix:b");
> >
> >Thanks
> >chap

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