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   Re: [xml-dev] Shouldn't colon be reserved?

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On Monday, September 9, 2002, at 03:34 AM, G. Ken Holman wrote:
> XML-based applications are either namespace-aware or not, as described 
> in the namespaces Recommendation.

But let's be honest.  Very few applications, perhaps only those that 
have lived in a vacuum since 1997, can get by without having to be 
namespace aware.  Just about anything that a person might actually want 
to *do* with or to a document requires namespaces.

> Layering is good.

Normally I would wholeheartedly agree, but in the case of XML 
namespaces, the way that it is layered creates semantic ambiguity to 
non-namespaced processors and to DTD-based validation, which has to be 
addressed by a developer rather carefully.

Anyway, it's all Mike Champion's fault.

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