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   RE: [xml-dev] A good case for namespace URIs

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As I've written in private to John, the worst problem is not that there is
nothing at the end of the namespace URI, but that nothing can be found using
Google + people brains ability to perform fuzzy searches. If a human can't
find its way on the govtalk web site in hours of searching, how do you
expect something to be performed automatically by a computer ?

Namespace URI resolving is not the solution to a badly structured web site.
One cannot expect an index to solve a structural problem in the data it


>-----Message d'origine-----
>De : Andy Greener [mailto:andy@gid.co.uk]
>Envoye : lundi 4 mars 2002 18:34
>A : xml-dev@lists.xml.org
>Objet : RE: [xml-dev] A good case for namespace URIs
>At 4:32 pm +0100 4/3/02, Nicolas LEHUEN wrote:
>>Well, I must say that I don't know govtalk at all, so for me, 
>the fact that
>>http://www.govtalk.gov.uk/CR/core is not referenced anywhere 
>in the Govtalk
>>schema documentation is rather strange. That's the real 
>problem, not the
>>fact that resolving the schema URI gives a 404. I don't think 
>this proves
>The problem might be that the URI is actually 
>though I admit that doesn't explain the general difficulty in 
>finding things on
>the GovTalk web site!
>The GovTalk developers, and UK govt departments in their turn, 
>have adopted
>the govtalk URI for a consistent naming scheme for UK 
>government Schemas.
>Thus there is .../CM/core, .../CM/envelope, 
>.../CM/errorresponse and a whole
>bunch in .../taxation, as well as others. None of these 
>resolve to Schemas,
>web pages or RDDL docs.
>They (/we - because I'm partly responsible for the 'taxation' 
>portion of this
>namespace) have taken the Spec at its word and chosen not to 
>place anything
>there to resolve (reasons on a postcard please....). I find it 
>as infuriating
>as John sometimes, but unfortunately although Inland Revenue 
>are encouraged
>to be consistent, I/we have no jurisdiction over that domain 
>so I can't do
>very much about it.
>I'm not sure what the right answer is (e.g. Schema source or 
>RDDL) but I do
>know one thing - having nothing there is the worst of all 
>possible worlds...
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