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using namespaces to version

Hi folks,

I'm wondering if anyone on the list has any strong opinions about
the use of namespaces for versioning. In particular, am I likely
to run into any problems if I base my namespaces on the Dublin Core
format shown below?

I quite like the Dublin Core namespaces proposed in the various
Dublin Core in XML proposals at http://dublincore.org/. These have
the form:


MathML on the other hand defines one namespace and no facility for
versioning (as far as I know). So a MathML 1.0 processor has no way
of telling if a document with elements from the MathML namespace
(which is http://www.w3.org/1998/Math/MathML ) is invalid or from a
future version of MathML (though one could argue that these are the
same thing as far as the processor is concerned).

There is a thread on this topic in the archive, although no real
conclusion or recommendation seems to have been reached. The link is
http://lists.xml.org/archives/xml-dev/200008/msg00612.html . If
anyone knows of other threads in the archive that might be relevant,
could they bring them to my attention?

Warren Hedley

Warren Hedley
The Bioengineering Research Group
The University of Auckland
New Zealand