OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help



   Re: [xml-dev] QNames in attribute values

[ Lists Home | Date Index | Thread Index ]

Michael Kay wrote:
> > I'll take a whack at that troll. The SGML-heads tried to make
> > namespaces
> > global and (IIRC, use a syntax other than attributes). But here's Tim
> > Berners-Lee's opinion:
> >
> > http://www.w3.org/DesignIssues/Extensible.html#Local
> >
> It was a nice aim, but it failed miserably, because you can't cut a fragment
> out of an XML document and paste it elsewhere without knowing all the
> namespace declarations that are in scope for that fragment.

People keep responding to me as if I am implicitly approving of Tim
B-L's opinion. I don't! Namespaces in general, local namespaces in
particular and QNames in attribute values in really, really, particular
have done nothing but give me headaches since day 1. The namespaces
spec. is short, concise and precise but it leaves so much to the
application that it is not applied consistently in practice.

 Paul Prescod


News | XML in Industry | Calendar | XML Registry
Marketplace | Resources | MyXML.org | Sponsors | Privacy Statement

Copyright 2001 XML.org. This site is hosted by OASIS