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   Re: [xml-dev] The task to be solved by RDDL. Re: [xml-dev] RDDL (was RE:

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Dare Obasanjo wrote:

> ISSUE 1: Namespace URIs should not be HTTP URLs and where possible this shoul
> be deprecated. [...]

> ISSUE 2: There should be a way to discover information about a Namespace URI
> in both human readable and machine comprehendable form. [...]
> I'd like to _at_the_very_least_ be
> able to a.) discover the semantics of the elements and attributes in the
> document by looking up the namespace URI and locating a human readable
> document and b.) obtain validation information for the namespace (e.g. the
> XSLT schema or DTD for the XSLT namespace) IF the creator of the namespace
> (right phrase?) has deigned to make such information available.

RDDL is designed to solve *exactly* issue (2).
However it can only really work reliably if the namespace
creator uses a resolvable URI (i.e., http://*) to identify it,
contrary to issue 1.

> From where I
> sit, RDDL does not give me this although RDDL is the "Worse is better"
> solution.

RDDL gives you exactly this: a human-readable XHTML document
with computer-readable links to computer-processable information
(schemas, stylesheets, etc.) relevant to the namespace.

What's missing from where you sit?  Is it issue 1 (don't use
HTTP URIs for namespace names)?

--Joe English



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