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   RE: [xml-dev] A modest proposal (was Re: [xml-dev] URIs harmful (was RE:

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  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] A modest proposal (was Re: [xml-dev] URIs harmful (was RE: [xml-dev] Article: Keeping pace)
  • From: Sean McGrath <sean.mcgrath@propylon.com>
  • Date: Mon, 22 Jul 2002 14:37:18 +0100
  • In-reply-to: <1027311318.2452.ezmlm@lists.xml.org>

[Len Bullard]

>Nyet.  This can't be covered up with wordsmithing.  It is an
>architectural problem.  As long as it is syntactically a URzed,
>it is dereferenceable.
>Now it is your fault and you have to do something about it.
>Remember the Principle of Least Astonishment:  don't shock
>the monkey.

I'm with Len here.

The difference between a namespace and
a dereferencable resource is *by design* undetectable
by machine.

Now thats a really weird thing to find in a technology
that is aall about machine detectable differences (parsing).

A: Hello! Here is my business card
B: But there is nothing on it!
A: Try the other side!
B: Oh I see! But that's a funny place to put it - on the back!
Spike Milligan and Harry Seacomb in the Goon Show.


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