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   RE: [xml-dev] Illegal Characters in Namespace URIs

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> From: Mike Brown [mailto:mike@skew.org]
> Sent: Monday, June 17, 2002 9:56 AM
> To: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Illegal Characters in Namespace URIs
> Tim Bray wrote:
> > Having isolated what you argue is a shortcoming in the spec, it
> would be
> > good form to advance a suggestion as to how it should be corrected.
> > Probably just make it clear that conformance to the RFC is
> required. -Tim
> Having strained at similar gnats myself, I can say there's a precedent of
> clarifications like this, made on a discussion list by the spec's editors,
> sufficing in lieu of published errata.
> 2 years ago, I nitpicked on the ietf-languages list that RFC 1766
> ("language
> tags") references only ISO 639:1988 ("country codes"), and
> therefore only the
> country codes in the 1988 version of ISO 639 could be considered
> valid, Harald
> Alvestrand stated that the intent was to reference ISO 639:1988 and its
> successors, not just that one version. He considered it a minor / overly
> pedantic enough nit that it didn't require an update to the
> existing RFC, but
> IIRC he said that an effort would be made to avoid repeat the
> mistake in any
> successors to the RFC. And then someone pointed out that no one validates
> xml:lang values beyond being CDATA anyway, so what did I care. :)

Well, in this case we should care. I know of at least one XML application
that *does* validate namespace names (Jim Clark's JING).


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