Although python’s minidom XML DOM implementation supports namespaces when you parse and create nodes, it bizarrely has no way to write out XML including the proper declarations:

<code>>>> import xml.dom.minidom
>>> from xml.dom import minidom
>>> impl = minidom.getDOMImplementation()
>>> doc = impl.createDocument("urn:tempuri", "e", None)
>>> doc.toprettyxml()
'<?xml version="1.0" ?>\n<e/>\n'</code>

Look, no namespace!

Fortunately, you can use the PyXML package to write out the xml properly. Install PyXML from sourceforge and then use like this:

<code>>>> from xml.dom.ext import PrettyPrint
>>> PrettyPrint(doc)
<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>
<e xmlns='urn:tempuri'/></code>

Note that if you don’t want pretty printing you can use “Print” instead of “PrettyPrint”.

If you want to store the XML in a string instead of just printing it to stdout (imagine that - actually wanting to use the result of PrettyPrint!) then you need to provide a stream:

<code>>>> import StringIO
>>> s = StringIO.StringIO()
>>> PrettyPrint(doc, s)
>>> s.getvalue()
"<?xml version='1.0' encoding='UTF-8'?>\n<e xmlns='urn:tempuri'/>\n"
</code>