Re: [xml-bindings]Naespaces of attributes in python API

On Wed, Jun 19, 2002 at 01:30:44PM -0400, Daniel Veillard wrote:
> > 
> > Ah, ok. So, if i insert attributes with a naespace that probably doesn't
> > exist in the document in need to add a namespace node to the document
> > first.
>   yes, that's how libxml2 API work :-)
>     def newNs(self, href, prefix):
>         """Creation of a new Namespace. This function will refuse to
>            create a namespace with a similar prefix than an existing
>            one present on this node. We use href==None in the case of
>            an element creation where the namespace was not defined."""

Which brings me to the core of my question (which might be a bit off-topic
on this list): shouldn't prefixing be left to libxml? After all, the namespace
prefix is just a shortcut to the real namespace and doesn't carry any semantic.
Having to provide a prefix for a new namespace seems strange and leads to
code that must test for errors that could be easily avoided:

 # instead of
  node.newNs('http://somewhere/over/the/rainbow', 'kansas')

 # we need to do

 done = None
 suff = 0 
 while(not done):
     node.newNs('http://somewhere/over/the/rainbow', 'pre' + str(suff)) 
     done = 1
   except treeError:
     suff = suff + 1

Ralf attes
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