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From Joerg Heinicke <>
Subject XPath problem with default namespace (was: content aggregation + links to used files)
Date Fri, 09 Jan 2004 00:55:49 GMT
On 08.01.2004 09:09, Nele Vogel wrote:

> Joerg,
> it works! :-))) I removed the default namespace from cincludeFiles.xsl as
> you suggested and changed the match statements in news.xsl. Further I
> removed the default namespace from my XML data. The elements <news> and
> <file> are now matched and properly displayed.


> I understand, that working without namespaces is not a good idea, *but for
> now* it enables me to continue my work.

Nice to hear. I played around with your stylesheets and the namespaced 
and prefixed version. First I can confirm the non-working. Second I 
found the reason for it. IMO it's a but in Xalan. If I change the 
select="./@path" to select="./@s:path" it works (with prefix 's' bound 
to you namespace uri). But AFAIK while elements should be in default 
namespace, attributes should not.

(CCing J.Pietschmann as I know he knows a bit about XSLT and XPath too. 
But I don't know if he reads more than encoding and FOP related 
questions. Also CCing xalan-dev as they might be interested or can tell 
me I'm wrong.)

To summarize it shortly:
An element is created using following template

   <xsl:template match="dir:file">
     <xsl:element name="file">
       <xsl:attribute name="path">
         <xsl:value-of select="concat($path,./@name)"/>

and default namespace is declared: xmlns="".

In another stylesheet same default namespace is declared and 
additionally this namespace uri is bound to prefix s.

Following template matches, but the value-of does not work:

   <xsl:template match="s:file">
     <xsl:text>following file was added:</xsl:text>
     <xsl:value-of select="./@path"/>

Only if I change it to @s:path it works. Is this correct??? And what's 
the appropriate part in the spec - always when I search for a specific 
answer I don't find it.


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