It would be GREAT if everybody who posted solutions to this would get them to the maintainers of the EAD help pages  (::waves at Mark Matienzo::)  so they could be posted there under .  Schema-related "How do I..." questions like this come up regularly and it would be nice to have a resource to point people to.

Likewise the question of "How do I convert a style sheet to use schema rather than DTD?", which I think came up recently and also as part of this discussion.


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Subject: duplicate an xml file

Using XSLT, how can I duplicate an XML file sans namespaces?

I have a set of valid DTD-based EAD files that I transform into HTML using a XSL stylesheet. Tastes great and less filling.

I now have a set of valid schema-based EAD files but I can't transform them because namespaces get in the way. 

My tentative solution to this problem is to copy the schema-based EAD file to new XML file sans the name spaces, and then transform the result, but my XPath statements are incorrect. This way I can use a single XSL stylesheet for HTML creation.

Here is a schema-based EAD snippet:

  <?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8" standalone="yes"?>
    xsi:schemaLocation = "urn:isbn:1-931666-22-9"
    xmlns:ns2          = ""
    xmlns              = "urn:isbn:1-931666-22-9"
    xmlns:xsi          = "">
    <eadheader><!-- cool stuff here --></eadheader>
    <archdesc level="collection"><!-- more cool stuff here --></archdesc>

Here is a stylesheet:

  <?xml version='1.0'?>
    <xsl:template match="/">
        <xsl:copy-of select="/ead/eadheader"/>
        <xsl:copy-of select="/ead/archdesc"/>

The stylesheet works great if I remove all the name spaces from the EAD, but I can't do that because that is the whole point of the transformation. What sort of XPath statements do I need in order successful do the copy-of command? 

Eric Lease Morgan
University of Notre Dame