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   RE: power uses of XML vs. simple uses of XML

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  • From: "Ashvil" <ashvil@i3connect.net>
  • To: "'XML-Dev Mailing list'" <xml-dev@XML.ORG>
  • Date: Mon, 10 Jul 2000 13:08:26 -0700

Gavin Thomas Nicol wrote:
> > Let's say you are composing a document with a couple of
> SVG pictures, a
> > couple of XHTML tables, some mark up from your own
> problem domain and some
> > from another - how are you going to do that without
> namespaces? Almost all
> > of these are going to have element or attribute names
> clashes somewhere.
> What kind of application can handle this?

IE5.0 and Office 2000 allow this with HTML, VML and your own custom

> My point is that the typical XML application doesn't *need*
> to handle the
> example you gave.... and if it *does* the vocabularly will
> be well-enough
> understood that the prefix is unnecessary.
> I'm not saying namespaces are useless, simply that many people don't
> need them.

Sigh :-( Why do we always imagine only people using markup.
Applications need it more then people do.

On a side note, I still do not understand what the objection to
namespaces are. Seems to be natural if you came from the object
oriented crowd, prefixes are natural.


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