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- From: James Robertson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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- Date: Sun, 07 Feb 1999 10:43:46 +1000
At 00:48 6/02/1999 , firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
| Paul Prescod wrote,
| > I don't think that "average developers" need to worry about namespaces.
| > If you are building a
| > typical one-organization application then what are you doing with "other
| > people's tags" in your documents?
| Maybe my perspective is a little warped. I'm working on healthcare
| applications in the UK - interoperability will (sometime) become a big
| deal. :-)
Well, let me put it like this then:
You are working out a structured interchange format. If you
want structure, you'll need a DTD, otherwise there is absolutely
no way of validating that you have got correct data.
If you have a DTD, then namespaces are irrelevant: they simply
don't work together in any meaningful way.
Or to put it another way: allowing arbitrary nesting of someone
else's tags doesn't achieve anything. You still have to know
what to do with them when you receive them.
In summary: get stuck into writing a DTD, and ignore this
whole "namespaces" mess ...
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