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   RE: Reserved names and documentation

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  • From: "Borden, Jonathan" <jborden@mediaone.net>
  • To: "XML Dev" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Wed, 6 Jan 1999 11:16:09 -0500

If this is indeed the case, as it appears to be, then namespaces have no
real meaning outside of the xxx: prefix. namespaces become nothing more (or
less :-) than a standard naming mechanism for tags. the namespace referenced
urn is nothing more than an arbitrary statement of who is supposed to own
the "xxx:" namespace prefix.

the only solution (if one is needed) is to reserve use of ':' in element
names and require conforming parsers to place elements in namespaces based
upon [namespace]:[tagname] which would break the behavior of most current
parsers. OTOH this would allow namespace prefix resolution to the specified

Jonathan Borden

> Andrew Layman wrote:
> > [I]f one wants to write a validatable document instance using
> > namespaces, one must use exactly the prefixes written in the DTD.
> And one must avoid exploiting local namespace scopes and default
> namespaces.
> --

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