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   Re: More namespaces perversion

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  • From: David Brownell <db@Eng.Sun.COM>
  • To: xml-dev@ic.ac.uk
  • Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 08:43:59 -0700

Martin Bryan wrote:
> >This means that there will be no standard way to make use
> >of the bindings (between element/attribute names and "meaning") that
> >are necessary.
> What is to stop you using the concept Descriptive Elements, or even the
> class definition facilities, used for property set definition, as defined in
> the SGML Extended Facilities annex of ISO 10744?

Nothing -- but the point is that there's nothing preventing me
from doing anything else either!  Hence, no standard:  I can't
look at a document and know what its namespaces "mean" in any
useful sense.  (With DTDs, one expected natural language text
in the form of per-element/attribute/... comments.)

Perhaps what we need is XML Processing Instructions to associate
with the namespace declarations, which identify how the bindings
between namespace URIs and semantics are provided ... ;-)

Yes, I know that defining "meaning" was not a goal of the XML
namespace team. 

- Dave

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