Re: How is this part of the XSLT specification to be interpreted?

Subject: Re: How is this part of the XSLT specification to be interpreted?
From: Matt Sergeant <matt@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2000 14:33:45 +0100 (BST)
On Tue, 20 Jun 2000, Thorbjørn Ravn Andersen wrote:

> I am looking at how to make XSL documents self-documenting, and I fell
> over section 2.1 in the specification
> "An element from the XSLT namespace may have any attribute not from
> the XSLT namespace, provided that the expanded-name of the attribute
> has a non-null namespace URI. The presence of such attributes must not
> change the behavior of XSLT elements and functions defined in this
> document. Thus, an XSLT processor is always free to ignore such
> attributes, and must ignore such attributes without giving an error if
> it does not recognize the namespace URI. Such attributes can provide,
> for example, unique identifiers, optimization hints, or
> documentation."
> My current experience with XT and Saxon is that they complain fiercely
> if an incorrect attribute is used.  How is the text above to be
> interpreted?

It means you can have:

<xsl:apply-templates myns:foo="bar" xmlns:foo="mailto:me@xxxxxx"/>

i.e. any new attributes you specify in xsl tags must be in a different


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