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> From: Jonathan Robie [mailto:email@example.com]
> Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 1:41 AM
> To: Evan Lenz; David Carlisle
> Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: RE: [xml-dev] The use of XML syntax in XML Query
> At 04:30 PM 1/3/2002 -0800, Evan Lenz wrote:
> >Last February (before I joined the XSL WG), I wrote a paper on XQuery
> >reinventing XSLT. David has now written one (via email) on XQuery
> >reinventing XML. Who wants to write the one on XQuery reinventing XML
> >Go to http://www.w3.org/TR/xquery/ and search for "xmlns" to see what I
> Well, since I wrote that section, I would be very interested in
> hearing why
> you feel this is a reinvention of XML namespaces. I had intended to
> describe a way of handling namespace declarations in literal XML content
> that was compatible with the existing namespace specification, leveraging
> the concept of null namespaces from XPath 1.0.
> Where do you think this goes astray?
One thing that comes to mind is that XML Query talks about "the namespace
URI", while XMLNAMES uses the term "namespace name". Besides, a namespace
name takes the form of a URI *reference*, not an URI.
The other thing that is a bit strange is that because of the
copy-rather-than-reference approach XML Query needs to define the semantics
of XML namespace declarations *at all*.