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

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  • From: John Cowan <jcowan@reutershealth.com>
  • To: "Steven R. Newcomb" <srn@techno.com>, "xml-dev@xml.org" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Mon, 22 May 2000 09:41:36 -0400

"Steven R. Newcomb" wrote:

> It is not helpful to retreat into statements like "There
> is nothing semantic about XML Namespaces", when in fact most people
> use names in order to label things meaningfully.  Most people
> literally can't imagine using names for any other purpose.

*Names* generally have meaning.  XML namespaces don't.

  (Actually, XLink locator elements should only appear inside extended
>   XLinks, but I haven't found a formal machine-interpretable
>   expression of that constraint that I could use to define and
>   constrain architectures other than the XLink architecture, using the
>   same software to validate instances for conformance with such
>   context constraints.  We could do at least that much with DTDs.)

I think one could write an architectural DTD for XLink fairly easily,
modulo the question of user-defined prefixes.

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