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Starting from a node, find the namespace declaration for a prefix.

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import java.util.List;

import javax.xml.XMLConstants;

import org.w3c.dom.Element;
import org.w3c.dom.NamedNodeMap;
import org.w3c.dom.Node;
 * Few simple utils to read DOM. This is originally from the Jakarta Commons Modeler.
 * @author Costin Manolache
public class Utils {
  private static final String XMLNAMESPACE = "xmlns";
   * Starting from a node, find the namespace declaration for a prefix. for a matching namespace
   * declaration.
   * @param node search up from here to search for namespace definitions
   * @param searchPrefix the prefix we are searching for
   * @return the namespace if found.
  public static String getNamespace(Node node, String searchPrefix) {

      Element el;
      while (!(node instanceof Element)) {
          node = node.getParentNode();
      el = (Element)node;

      NamedNodeMap atts = el.getAttributes();
      for (int i = 0; i < atts.getLength(); i++) {
          Node currentAttribute = atts.item(i);
          String currentLocalName = currentAttribute.getLocalName();
          String currentPrefix = currentAttribute.getPrefix();
          if (searchPrefix.equals(currentLocalName) && XMLNAMESPACE.equals(currentPrefix)) {
              return currentAttribute.getNodeValue();
          } else if (isEmpty(searchPrefix) && XMLNAMESPACE.equals(currentLocalName)
                     && isEmpty(currentPrefix)) {
              return currentAttribute.getNodeValue();

      Node parent = el.getParentNode();
      if (parent instanceof Element) {
          return getNamespace((Element)parent, searchPrefix);

      return null;
  public static boolean isEmpty(String str) {
    return str == null || str.length() == 0;


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