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   RE: Namespace Question

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  • From: John Evdemon <john.evdemon@xmls.com>
  • To: "'xml-dev@xml.org'" <xml-dev@xml.org>
  • Date: Thu, 8 Jun 2000 07:19:35 -0400

Rather than insult the members of the Working Group, think about why they
chose to represent a Namespace URI with "http".  

URLs are by definition unique.  You can't have multiple instances of
http://www.w3.org.  Since an URL is unique, it makes sense that they could
be used as a Namespace URI.

I think the bigger problem is that people are seeing "http" and assume that
something is being retrieved. A Namespace URI simply provides a unique value
to help avoid issues caused by duplicate element and attribute names across
disparate markups (Namespace collisions).  

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