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Bug #40539 Invisible attributes in XML loaded with default namespace
Submitted: 2007-02-19 10:01 UTC Modified: 2007-03-26 20:39 UTC
Avg. Score:5.0 ± 0.0
Reproduced:1 of 1 (100.0%)
Same Version:0 (0.0%)
Same OS:1 (100.0%)
From: Assigned: helly (profile)
Status: Not a bug Package: SimpleXML related
PHP Version: 5.2.1 OS: Windows
Private report: No CVE-ID: None
 [2007-02-19 10:01 UTC]
When I load XML with fourth attribute of simplexml_load_file or simplexml_load_string, attributes are invisible. It's irrelevant if namespace is default (xmlns=) or prefixed (xmlns:x=).

Reproduce code:
$text = '<a xmlns=""><c a="d">test</c></a>';
$xml = simplexml_load_string($text, null, 0, "");

Expected result:
object(SimpleXMLElement)#4 (1) {
  string(1) "d"

Actual result:


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 [2007-03-26 20:39 UTC]
Thank you for taking the time to write to us, but this is not
a bug. Please double-check the documentation available at and the instructions on how to report
a bug at

You just set the namespace scope - same as if you used $xml->children("") - to use for operations. It needs to be removed for the attributes:
$atts = $xml->c->attributes();

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