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   Re: [xml-dev] XHTML 2.0 and the death of XLink and XPointer?

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At 11:36 AM 8/12/2002 -0400, Ben Trafford wrote:

>At 09:18 AM 8/12/2002 -0600, Uche Ogbuji wrote:
>>But was the use of namespaces really their biggest 
>>problem?  Why?  Because the
>>documents would have to add another namespace (silly objection, that)?
>>Because they wanted all elements of their vocabulary in one seamless
>>anmespace?  (I can't think of any technical reason for needing this).
>         That seemed to pretty much be it, but I'd be happy to be 
> corrected. Issues of backwards compatibility were cited, in that they 
> wanted existing Web folks to adopt their standard.

It continues to baffle me that the substantive issues raised by the HTML WG 
are simply ignored, instead suppositions of "they don't like namespaces", 
or "it's an aesthetic" issue.

Our last call comments, which were rejected outright, can be found at


>         It's at:
>         http://www.w3.org/XML/2000/10/xlink-CR-comments.html
>         And the last call comments are at:
>         http://www.w3.org/2000/06/xlink-comments.html

Rather tellingly, the link to that 
from    http://www.w3.org/2000/06/xlink-comments.html
are summarized as: "The HTML WG philosophical report concludes with:" -- 
this is not a philosophical debate, actual use cases were provided, and 
rejected out of hand.

It's very very clear that XLink is an example of process gone bad -- 
hopefully that much of a fubar situation won't happen again.



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