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Danny Ayers
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Idea maps for the Semantic Web

>-----Original Message-----
>From: Joshua Allen [mailto:joshuaa@microsoft.com]
>Sent: 24 July 2002 22:26
>To: Danny Ayers; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
>Subject: RE: [xml-dev] URIs harmful
>> The bottom line is that allowing http://blah etc. syntax to be treated
>> a non-deferenceable URI doesn't break anything, insisting that it
>> always be dereferenceable breaks the web
>Of course.  The web never insisted that hyperlinks be dereferencable at
>all times.
>On the other hand, it is exceedingly poor form to use identifiers from
>the HTTP scheme for things which you don't intend to be dereferenced
>(via HTTP synchronous GET, no less).

Hmm - and who might the arbiters of good form be? And what should I use in
my markup instead of xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml"; ?

I more or less agree with you here on the principle, but just think if we
closed that barn door now then a lot of horses would be going without
supper. Ok, I've no problem with the use of http: being deprecated when the
protocol's not involved, but I don't think this calls for an entirely new
naming scheme or any other drastic action.

Anyhow, I propose a compromise : let's restrict the use of http:// naming to
*within* documents found by that protocol...



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