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- From: John Cowan <email@example.com>
- To: XML Dev <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Thu, 06 Aug 1998 13:39:18 -0400
MURATA Makoto wrote:
> Since the same prefix can be bound to
> different namespaces, it is no longer possible to construct an equivalent
> XML 1.0 DTD from a collection of namespace-schema pairs. Then, what is
> the point of using prefixes? In my understanding, one reason that we
> chose colonization rather than reserved attributes is validation by XML 1.0
> parsers. This reason no longer exists. (Note: The other reason was
> qualification of attributes.)
More precisely, it's still possible to construct DTDs for validation,
but the DTD has to have the prefixes hard-coded into it, and the same
prefix cannot be used for two different namespaces unless there are no
overlapping element names (which cannot be guaranteed).
> One could argue that these two should always
> be in sync, but then what is the point of having the two? It would have
> been a lot simpler if we had introduced a reserved attribute for specifying
> the namespace of the element.
John Cowan http://www.ccil.org/~cowan email@example.com
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