[whatwg] The problems with namespaces in text/html

Anne van Kesteren fora at annevankesteren.nl
Sat Nov 4 14:01:01 PST 2006

On Sat, 04 Nov 2006 22:56:35 +0100, Elliotte Harold  
<elharo at metalab.unc.edu> wrote:
>> I've no idea about XForms, but the plan for MathML is that you can  
>> write it without bothering about namespaces, but that it ends up having  
>> namespaces in the DOM.
> Then this is what I feared, and it's not sensible. Enabling mixed  
> HTML/MathML to be processed with generic tools and MathML specific tools  
> requires that it have the namespace, including all the necessary  
> namespace attributes. [...]

Yes, exactly the reason they have the correct (MathML) namespace in the  
DOM. So they can be rendered, etc. The serialization format doesn't really  

Anne van Kesteren

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