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   Re: Namespace question

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  • From: richard@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (Richard Tobin)
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: 12 Apr 2000 22:19:52 GMT

Dylan Walsh <Dylan.Walsh@TSS.ie> wrote:

>To quote Southpark, "that's pretty ****ed up right there!". Doesn't this
>pretty much make a joke out of idea that namespace prefixes are arbitrary,
>and all that matters is the namespace URI, if the prefixes are effectively
>hardcoded into the DTD?

Yes, if you use a DTD.  One of the many reasons we need schemas is
to give us something like a DTD that works well with namespaces.

There is a trick of parametrising the namespace prefixes in a DTD
using (surprise) parameter entities, but it's clearly a hack.

-- Richard

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