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   Re: [xml-dev] WD for Namespaces 1.1

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Let me take this opportunity to make my standard namespace rant: The change 
suggested in the proposed v 1.1 only smooths over the tiniest tip of the namespaces 
iceberg.  The part that takes its toll is not the common syntax, but the different 
namespace data models -- DOM, XPath/XSLT 1, XPath/XSLT 2, Canonical XML, and 
probably more.  Are prefixes significant, i.e., should the InfoSet retain any 
memory of the prefix used to map to a namespace, or is this just syntax sugar? Are 
namespace declarations attributes?  Is namespace information associated with each 
node, or does the scope of the namespace implicitly define some region in the 
document? And what is supposed to happen when nodes (namespace declarations or data 
nodes) move around? 

There's no way to sort this out without breaking lots of code and making people 
unhappy, but unless XML disentangles itself from this mess, its forward progress 
will be significantly hindered.

Thanks, I got that off my chest and won't feel compelled to whine about it for a 
few more months :~) 


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