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   Namespaces/URIs (was various W3C)

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Sat, 13 May 2000 10:32:12 -0400

At 01:54 AM 5/13/00 +0000, Pope 32767 wrote:
>The mind virus that has infected the W3C's XML Activity
>is all about what namespaces mean when they are not regular
>URLs.  The Namespaces Reccommendation said that two namespaces
>were the same if they matched exactly char-by-char.  (The
>attribute values not the prefixes, that is).  It
>also said that they were URI references.  Those two ideas
>conflict because thesame-looking relative URL means different things
>depending on what document it's in, but strings are strings
>no matter what the contextis.

Well, at least it's an intriguing technical problem, if perhaps intractable.

Anyone who wants to hit the books on this one and hasn't yet might want to
check out the following public documents:

RFC 2396: Uniform Resource Identifiers (URI): Generic Syntax

Namespaces in XML:

XML Base (XBase - last call WD):

(I don't know if XBase is directly involved, but it definitely has a
bearing on relative URI processing.)

I don't think the public's been invited to the discussion, but it'll be
interesting watching for us Kremlinologists.

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
Building XML Applications
Inside XML DTDs: Scientific and Technical
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