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   Re: Begging the Question

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  • From: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>
  • To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
  • Date: Sat, 30 Dec 2000 13:33:06 -0500

At 10:12 AM 12/30/00 -0800, Joe English wrote:
>In section 2, "It is not a goal that [the namespace name] be
>directly usable for retrieval of a schema (if any exists)".
>At least that's my interpretation of what that means.
>(It doesn't say that they *can't* be dereferenced either,
>only that one should not assume that they can be.)

Combine that non-prohibition with:
>The namespace document (with the namspace URI) is a place for 
>the language publisher to keep definitive material about a 
>namespace. Schema languages are ideal for this. There is a 
>huge a mount of value to be gained from having a document be 
>self-describing in the Web. (This does not preclide the operation 
>of checking a document against a different schema if one wants to
>as a local operation). The first stage in self-describing documents 
>is to do it at the XML schema (structure) level. Successive stages 
>are to give semenatic information. [1]

It's not approved by the W3C membership, but it seems run right through
that non-prohibition on a regular basis, and may actually have more
relevance to the long term outcome of this discussion that the Namespaces
REC itself.

[1] - http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Architecture.html

Simon St.Laurent
XML Elements of Style / XML: A Primer, 2nd Ed.
XHTML: Migrating Toward XML
http://www.simonstl.com - XML essays and books


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