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   Re: Fw: Namespaces

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  • From: Tim Bray <tbray@textuality.com>
  • To: John Cowan <cowan@locke.ccil.org>, XML Dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Thu, 04 Feb 1999 11:19:37 -0800

At 02:00 PM 2/4/99 -0500, John Cowan wrote:
>> These two statements seem contradictory to me - if "all" the namespaces do
>> is prefix the names with a URI [...].
>More accurately: it shows how to map names that contain a colon
>to URI-prefixed form; some colon-free element names are also
>given URI-prefixed equivalents, but some are not; attribute names
>without colons are not given URI-prefixed forms.

Thank you, John.  Will those full of namespace angst please study John's
paragraph closely; some pedants might want to say "qualified" rather
than "prefixed", but prefix will do.

I guess I'm too close to the problem now to be able to explain how little 
the namespace spec does.  Or at least be believed when I do.  -Tim

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