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   RE: Just require URLs

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  • From: "Didier PH Martin" <martind@netfolder.com>
  • To: "Hunter, David" <dhunter@Mobility.com>, <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Mon, 31 May 1999 14:53:37 -0400

Hi David,

David said:
If there is going to be a namespace to distinguish <my:Blah/> from
<your:Blah/>, then that probably means that I'm expecting other people to
use my XML format to mark up their data.  (If nobody is ever going to see my
XML format but my own application, then I don't need a namespace.)  And if
my XML format is going to be shared to others, then it will probably have a
DTD, or a Schema.  So why not have the namespace URL link to that DTD/Schema
by convention?  It would only be a convention, of course, it wouldn't really
be worthwhile to try and enforce that, or to force all XML formats to have a
DTD or Schema, but I'm sure it would be handy, and it would eliminate the
problem of deciding which language to use for your documentation.

Didier says:
I agree, At least, if the link points to something it should be at the
minimum an expected standard document format.

Didier PH Martin

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