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Expanded Name

(contributed by Andre Tost and Priscilla Walmsley)

The expanded name of an XML element or attribute includes its local name and its namespace name (if any). Other than in the case of the qualified name, where a namespace prefix is used, the expanded name contains the full namespace name.

For example, for an element <tns:PurchaseOrder> with the namespace prefix tns bound to, the expanded name would be something like:

Since namespace names can be lengthy, it is uncommon to use expanded names, and instead, qualified names are used in conjunction with a namespace prefix.

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