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   Re: "Namespaces in XML" idea?

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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: "XML Developers' List" <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Tue, 9 Feb 1999 16:31:53 -0500 (EST)

Tyler Baker writes:

 > I would like to think of "Namespaces in XML" as an extension to XML
 > 1.0 and not a "change" to XML 1.0.  This way we don't have to
 > pollute the XML 1.0 parser interfaces and application frameworks
 > with "Namespaces in XML" (something I favor), as well as the fact
 > that people can use clean parser interfaces and application
 > frameworks to handle the "Namespaces in XML" flavor of XML.

You think correctly -- right now, XML 1.0 is the only approved XML
specification, and it does not mention namespaces (except to warn
people off using the ':' character).  Support for namespaces is not
required for XML 1.0 conformance.  Several related specs like RDF and
XSL have chosen to use namespaces because they provide good solutions
for otherwise-difficult problems, and the DOM will need to support
namespaces so that it can support RDF and XSL (among others).

Right now, no one is working on XML 1.1 or XML 2.0; when they do,
however (some time in the next millenium probably), the rapid
technical and market success of Namespaces so far suggests that they
belong the next-generation core spec.

All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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