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

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  • From: ht@cogsci.ed.ac.uk (Henry S. Thompson)
  • To: "Steven R. Newcomb" <srn@techno.com>
  • Date: 22 May 2000 10:28:30 +0100

"Steven R. Newcomb" <srn@techno.com> writes:

> [...]

> It seems to me that XML Namespaces are an attempt to leverage the
> existing investment in the management of the namespace of domain
> names, so that there can be lots and lots of guaranteed-unique names,
> available to everyone for every purpose.  But I don't see that XML
> Namespaces even accomplishes that modest goal, in fact.  The namespace
> of domain names is not a firm foundation for such a scheme.  People
> trade domain names all the time; many domain names will not mean the
> same things in the year 2002 that they mean in 2000, which for me,
> anyway, calls into question the meaning of documents that reference
> namespaces that depend on those domain names.  Even if the only

If you care abougt time-frame, and are nervous about using a domain
name for that reason, use a URI-schema with better persistence
properties:  http: is a pretty short-term kind of schema, I agree, if you have your eyes on the far horizon.

  Henry S. Thompson, HCRC Language Technology Group, University of Edinburgh
          W3C Fellow 1999--2001, part-time member of W3C Team
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