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   Re: XLink a special case in the self-describing Web?

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  • From: "Clark C. Evans" <cce@clarkevans.com>
  • To: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
  • Date: Fri, 19 May 2000 14:53:37 -0400 (EDT)

On Fri, 19 May 2000, John Cowan wrote:
> That is correct as stated, but it reflects a misconception.  Namespaces
> provide nothing but a superficial mapping of GIs and attribute names into
> so-called "universal names", which are simply an ordered pair of the
> form {string, Name} where "string" has the syntax of a URI.  The SGML/XML
> semantic model is unchanged.

Just for reference.. (please correct me if I'm wrong)

The { string, Name } model of namespaces is what 
XPath specification uses.  The namespace spec uses
a 4-tuple { type, string, parent-local, local }
where type is "element" or "global-attribute" 
or "per-element-attribute" and where parent-local
is null except for the "per-element-attribute",
in which case, it is the parent element's local.


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