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   RE: [xml-dev] Namespace URI question

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What's the difference between random character strings that don't mean
anything and URIs. 

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Kay [mailto:michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com] 
> Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 4:43 PM
> To: 'Jeff Lowery'; 'Richard Tobin'; xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> > I came across this namespace declaration in a someone 
> else's document 
> > (which I told him to change), but got stuck on the meaning of 
> > file:///foo.xsd.  I see now that the third slash means "localhost", 
> > which of course I should have known but I got mentally 
> blocked on file 
> > path representations.
> Forget the idea that namespace names are URIs. There's a lot 
> of wishful thinking in the spec that says using URIs for 
> namespace names is a good idea, and indeed a lot of people do 
> use namespace names that look like URIs, but the bottom line 
> is that they are actually random character strings and they 
> don't mean anything.
> Michael Kay
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