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   RE: [xml-dev] WD for Namespaces 1.1

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On Thu, 2002-04-04 at 12:30, Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
> The point is not pessimistic; it is conservative. 
> It is based on prior experience with the W3C 
> specification process.  Namespaces are a good 
> example.  
> First, they were just name disambiguators, hidden 
> system properties, then schema references, making them 
> part of the content.  We seem to stay on the 
> slippery slope of minimalism and incomplete 
> design guidelines.  That makes these processes 
> unreliable.  

I have to share Len's concerns about the slippery slope here, especially
given (unofficial, but deeply misguided IMHO) postings like:


The "need for speed" in namespace dereferencing?  Scares me pretty
thoroughly and makes me wonder whether namespaces were a good idea yet

> So experience says, don't believe or trust; 
> specify, verify, and hold 
> to the original agreement until a case is 
> made for change which adds value, not simply 
> specification compression.  

"Trust but verify" doesn't seem to be enough these days.

Simon St.Laurent
Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets
Errors, errors, all fall down!


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