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Subject: Re: [xliff] Question about modules and namespaces

Ryan, the namespace prefix cannot be prescribed in XML, it's by definition arbitrary and what matters is the declaration, it's just a "model" prefix if u want.
What is normatively prescribed is the *fragid* prefix. And the fragid prefix is intentionally the same in each module as the model namespace prefix that is used for that module namespace throughout the spec for consistency and clarity reasons

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On Fri, Aug 21, 2015 at 9:34 PM, Ryan King <ryanki@microsoft.com> wrote:

Hi all,


I’m curious about modules and namespace declarations. In the test-suite file posted at https://tools.oasis-open.org/version-control/browse/wsvn/xliff/trunk/xliff-20/test-suite/core/in-out/toRewrite1_out.xlf I see the namespace for <validation> declared on the element itself and therefore doesn’t use the “val” prefix:


<xliff xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:document:2.0" version="2.0" srcLang="en" trgLang="fr">
   <validation xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:validation:2.0">
    <rule isPresent="en-ligne"></rule>


This is equivalent to:


<xliff xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:document:2.0" version="2.0" srcLang="en" trgLang="fr" xmlns:val="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:validation:2.0">
    <val:rule isPresent="en-ligne"></val:rule>


But it is also equivalent to


<xliff xmlns="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:document:2.0" version="2.0" srcLang="en" trgLang="fr" xmlns:xyz="urn:oasis:names:tc:xliff:validation:2.0">
    <xyz:rule isPresent="en-ligne"></xyz:rule>


Is there a reason why modules are prescribed a specific prefix? After all, it is the namespace that makes the actual difference, not the prefix. I just want to make sure I am not missing some nuance here.





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