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   re: Namespaces without a domain name

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 2 Feb 1999 10:58:56 -0500 (EST)

Matthew Sergeant (EML) writes:

 > Can you do namespaces if you don't have a domain name?
 > (I do, but I was thinking others might not, e.g. individuals rather than
 > companies).
 > This might be answered by James Clark's document which I just started
 > reading, if it is, then I apologise.

That's the nice thing about using URIs rather than domain names for
namespaces: anyone who owns *any* URI can construct a namespace.  For
example, my personal (and badly out-of-date) home page is at


I don't own the sprynet.com domain name, but since I do have control
over this URL, I can base namespaces on it:

   <!-- ... -->

Of course, this isn't very stable, since I might switch ISPs at any
time, but at least it's possible.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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