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INFO: XML Schema targetNamespace

Applies To:

Recommendations on the use of targetNamespace, elementFormDefault and attributeFormDefault attributes in an XML Schema.

If the XML schema contains the targetNamespace attribute, then the XSLT must declare that namespace and assign a prefix. The prefix must then be used in the templates' XPath expressions. If you are using a published XML Schema, then it may have a targetNamespace defined and you will need to declare that namespace URI in your XSLT.


targetNamespace should not be set

elementFormDefault set to "qualified"

attributeFormDefault set to "unqualified" (this is the default)


<xsd:schema targetNamespace="urn:myschema" xmlns:xsd= elementFormDefault="qualified">

The default value for attributeFormDefault is "unqualified".

More Resources:
Tips for Designing an XML DTD or Schema XML processing, part 3: XML Schemas XSLT: namespaces XSLT: XPath select statements do not match XML or XHTML with a default namespace Some XML tags, like menu and button, are lost or corrupted

Guidelines for working with W3C XML Schema: