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- From: Tim Bray <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- To: "W. Eliot Kimber" <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Date: Thu, 27 Aug 1998 18:18:09 -0700
At 07:31 PM 8/27/98 -0500, W. Eliot Kimber wrote:
>I still have some concerns about namespaces that I think are legitimate:
>1. The use of name spaces alone does not satisfy requirements that an
>architecture-like approach does satisfy
Granted. Hence the following is serious:
>2. I see some enterprises and people overselling the power of namespaces
Yes. Fortunately, at this point most such people collapse instantly
given the slightest technical challenge. Four words: "Namespaces don't
do that." It is our responsibility as community leaders to get out there
and make this clear to the world.
>3. The effectively compulsory use of name spaces unnecessarily complicates
>XML parsers and processors.
I don't buy it. The extra work is hardly noticeable and I don't
expect it to affect performance in the slightest.
>4. Name spaces take away authorial choice of element type and attribute
No, just of the prefix. I expect that once we have namespace-aware
schemas, they will never contain a prefix, so the document designer
and author should think entirely in terms of <start-time> and <duration>
and so on, and if when a chunk of that markup gets assembled into a
package for delivery, if those become <sex:start-time> and <sex:duration>
>Again, my apologies to those who I badgered inappropriately.
Not required. -Tim
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