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

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I used to think everyone that uses XML today must be using namespaces until I took a closer look around and noticed this was just how I used XML. For example anyone using RSS 0.9x doesn't use namespaces (then again some of them aren't aren't even really using XML but I digress) similarly I've seen quite a few of widespread config and documentation file formats that don't use namespaces either. 

	-----Original Message----- 
	From: Tom Bradford [mailto:bradford@dbxmlgroup.com] 
	Sent: Mon 9/9/2002 10:08 AM 
	To: G. Ken Holman 
	Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org 
	Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Shouldn't colon be reserved?

	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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