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   RE: [xml-dev] namespaces in XML 1.1 - namespace names become*IRI* refere

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At 4:41 PM +0200 9/28/02, Julian Reschke wrote:

>Yes, I agree that the transition from XML 1.0 to XML 1.1 is more serious for
>*XML processors*. However, I'm talking about *applications*. Applications
>will not be concerned at all about changes in whitespace handling, nor will
>the extension of valid name characters likely cause any problems (it's just
>that "more" Unicode characters are allowed). On the other hand, allowing
>non-ASCII characters in namespace names *is* going to create problems,
>because there is deployed code which relies on URI syntax for namespace

OK. That is a significant difference. I'm still not sure how 
widespread it is in practice.

>As the switch to IRIs doesn't seem to be motivated by the requirements
>document, I'd at least like to see the *rational* for this incompatible
>change (there *is* a requirement to keep the changes minimal: "The changes
>required for Namespaces in XML 1.0 processors to also process Namespaces in
>XML 1.1 must be as few and as small as possible.").

Based on past experience, I suspect you'll find that somebody has 
decided it is immoral to make Chinese/Frehcnh/Arabic/etc. speakers 
use ASCII for namespace URIs.

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