[xsl] Matching namespaces - one works, one doesn't ?

Subject: [xsl] Matching namespaces - one works, one doesn't ?
From: "Kerry, Richard" <richard.kerry@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 29 Nov 2007 11:22:39 -0000
Can anyone point me at what I might be doing wrong.
I am using an identity template with matches to copy this some xml but
remove certain attributes.
I'm having trouble dealing with a couple of attributes that have

My source xml includes an element as follows :

<slots xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance";

Using this XSL template :
match="@*[local-name()='noNamespaceSchemaLocation']" />

successfully removes the xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation attribute.

Ie the result is
<slots xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance";>

However, if I have
	<xsl:template match="@*[local-name()='xsi']" />
It has no effect on the xmlns:xsi attribute, which remains in the

I've also tried
	<xsl:template match="@xsi" />
Also with no effect.

Looking at the Namespaces page on D Pawson's XSL FAQ I tried adding
To the xsl:stylesheet element and using
	<xsl:template match="@mytest:xsi" />
As the match.  This also has no effect, the xmlns:xsi attribute remains
in the output.

I may well be failing to understand something about namespaces.
Is the xmlns namespace perhaps handled differently ?

Can anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong or advise a solution ?

Richard Kerry
Colledia Control Engineer
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