Saxon Xpath namespace

Given the following xml:

<Document xmlns="urn:company.com:catalog.01" xmlns:xsi="http://www.w3.org/2001/XMLSchema-instance"> <book> <author>Wells</author> </book> </Document>

With Xerces the following xpath query works:


When I use Saxon (v 8.7) I a StaticError with message 'Invalid QName local part {company.com:catalog....}'.

What should the Xpath query look like to get the value of author?


Xerces should not allow an XPath expression like


XPath is XML Names compliant, so a : (colon) in a QName divides the prefix part from local name part of a QName.

There is no syntax in XPath to use the full expanded QName in name test:

You could use



You didn't post your XSL file. I went through this recently, and the solution was to make sure the xsl file has a line like:

<xsl:stylesheet version="2.0" xmlns:xsl="http://www.w3.org/1999/XSL/Transform" xmlns:c="urn:company.com:catalog.01">

Then your references to elements in the xml file are prefixed with "c:":



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