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Qualified name (QName)

(contributed by Andre Tost and Priscilla Walmsley)

The qualified name, or QName, of an XML element consists of its actual name, plus the namespace that the element belongs to, represented by a prefix.

For example, tns:PurchaseOrder is a qualified name. If an element does not belong to a namespace, or if a default namespace has been declared, the name without the prefix is still considered to be a qualified name.

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