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   Re: [xml-dev] misprocessing namespaces (was Re: [xml-dev] There is amean

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1/30/2002 2:46:16 PM, "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com> 

>I just marvel at how they could have reached that conclusion from 
>experience with XML namespaces such as they are!

Nobody in the real world reads specs.  The best you can hope for is 
that they will buy your books.  The safest assumption is that real 
world users will follow the advice of someone who can distill the 
whole issue down to a sound bite, like maybe: "XML namespaces are 
prefixes that map to URLs, what's really important is the URL rather 
than the prefix." If that sound bite is the basis for someone's 
experience with the namespace spec, and they hear the various horror 
stories about the way that the combination of namespace prefixes with 
DOM and/or XPath can confuse you horribly, then this makes sense: 
Just put the URL in your markup vocabulary, pay the price in 
verbosity, and the conceptual hassles go away.  (Of course, there's 
the detail that '/' is not a name character, but people are used to 
using '.' all the way down, a la Java).

And yes, I agree with anyone who points out that a) this sucks and b) 
applying this decision making style to voting and purchasing produces  
the kind of political and economic situation that we have in the 

Maybe I can set myself up as the Rush Limbaugh of the technology 
world and make a fortune dispensing outrageously oversimplified  
sound bites :~)


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