Saxon - XPATH: how to get rid of namespace specification?

I've many simple self-made XML files without namespace specifications (I don't need them, I just want to keep them minimalist).

Example:
<root>
<one>
abc
</one>
<two>
foobar>
</two>
</root>

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However every time I want to get an XPath extraction with a XQuery in Saxon I always have to specify "*" namespace, like this:  "/*:root/*:two"

With Basex I can just write  "/root/two" and it works.

How can I use the minimalist "/root/two" in Saxon too, without modifying my XML files?  what command/switch must I write in the XQuery or in the commandline for Saxon?
lucavillaAsked:
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectCommented:
Have you set by any chance a default XPath namespace?
If your XML is really pure, Saxon does not need the *: prefix
So your XML either is less namespace free then you think
or you told saxon the default XPath namespace is something other than the null namespace
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectCommented:
is this one of the projects where you are using tagsoup first?
tagsoup sets a default namespace to the xhtml namespace
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lucavillaAuthor Commented:
I tried with and without a default namespace in the XQwery but I fear that I used Tagsoup in these test, I didn't know that it adds a namespace. Thanks for the info!

I'll check again better and report results...
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectCommented:
tagsoup adds the XHTML namespace (unless specified differently)
--nons
"Namespaces are suppressed. Normally, all elements are in the XHTML 1.x namespace, and all attributes are in no namespace."

the namespace you are after:
"http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"

if you are using saxon:parse-html()... I have no idea on how to set the configuation parameter
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lucavillaAuthor Commented:
I'm using
'-x:"org.ccil.cowan.tagsoup.Parser"'     command line switch for Saxon

and
"declare option db:parser 'html';"    XQuery line  for Basex

should I use '-x:"org.ccil.cowan.tagsoup.Parser" -nons'   for Saxon?
and do you know for Basex too?
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectCommented:
Ah, you don't do saxon:parse-html() at all, you use Tagsoup as the underlying parser
that area is really not very well documented.
I don't think Saxon simply picks up the command line settings for TagSoup and passes them on
(a few weeks back I made a java integration of TagSoup in an other context and I had a hard time figuring out how some simple command line parameters for TagSoup were to be passed on through the Java parser call, so I would suspect that Saxonica did not bother too much)
Nothing wrong with trying the --nons option (note, 2 dashes!)
But I fear...

However, you know the namespace after TagSoup, just introduce it in your XQuery

For Basex, I have no real clue
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lucavillaAuthor Commented:
I tried '-x:"org.ccil.cowan.tagsoup.Parser" --nons'   and   '-x:"org.ccil.cowan.tagsoup.Parser" --nons' but I've got two different errors...   they didn't work.
Anyway thanks for the info!
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lucavillaAuthor Commented:
Sorry I meant:
'-x:"org.ccil.cowan.tagsoup.Parser" --nons'  
  and
'-x:"org.ccil.cowan.tagsoup.Parser --nons"'
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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectCommented:
well, I did not expect any of the two to work
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