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   Re: ATTN: Please comment on XHTML (before it's too late)

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  • From: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
  • To: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>, xml-dev <xml-dev@ic.ac.uk>
  • Date: Sun, 29 Aug 1999 16:25:08 -0500

>Fortunately, XML isn't source code (or compiled code), so we don't
>have the same problem -- I was using that example only to demonstrate
>that once there's software deployed that recognizes a certain set of
>XHTML Namespaces (preferably a set with one member), it will be very
>difficult to introduce any new Namespaces.

Which begs the question, when is it proper/suitable/desirable/"right" to
create a new namespace?

>From what I could see in the current XHTML PR, there's no good reason given
for creating any at all.  They might as well have given each tag its own
namespace (well hey, namespaces are only for syntactical disambiguation,

Bill Joy has said that there are only three number that matter in computer
science; 0, 1, and infinity.  Once you're past 1, infinity's not that far
off.  8-)


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