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I have created an xslt sheet to create an xslt sheet.
My problem lies in placing the namespaces in the root <xsl:stylesheet> node.

Things I've tried:
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<xsl:template match="/report">
    <xsl:element name="xsl:stylesheet">
        <xsl:attribute name="version">1.0</xsl:attribute>
                <xsl:attribute name="xmlns:abc">www.communicator.com</xsl:attribute>
        <xsl:copy-of select="document('')//namespace::*"/>
        <xsl:value-of select="document('')//namespace::*"/>

Unfortunately, none of these 3 seem to work properly.
Is there a proper method to do this?

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<xsl:copy-of select="document('')//namespace::*"/> worked when I tried it with Saxon, however does not with xml spy.


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This should not work, because attribute nodes and namespace nodes in the data model are quite different things:

<xsl:attribute name="xmlns:abc">www.communicator.com</xsl:attribute>

This should work. It's defined to work by an erratum to the XSLT 1.0 specification. If it doesn't work you should raise a bug report:

<xsl:copy-of select="document('')//namespace::*"/>

This shouldn't work. xsl:value-of creates a text node, not a namespace node:

<xsl:value-of select="document('')//namespace::*"/>

The best solution, however, is to use a namespace alias:

<xsl:namespace-alias stylesheet-prefix="x" result-prefix="xsl"/>

and then create the stylesheet element using a literal result element:

  <x:stylesheet>...</x:stylesheet>

There's an example under xsl:namespace-alias in the spec.

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