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It is misleading to say "namespace names are URIs" as if that's all there is to it, especially in the context of an argument about whether or not namespace names should be treated as a meaningless string of characters as Michael Kay correctly asserted.
For all practical purposes, namespace names are a meaningless string of characters which happen to be restricted to have the same syntax as URIs.
But you already know that, since that's what your document says.
From: Tim Bray [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Sat 12/14/2002 9:55 AM
To: Joshua Allen
Cc: Richard Tobin; firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Namespace URI question
Joshua Allen wrote:
>>The namespace spec says that namespace names are URIs. If you use
>>names that aren't, you're violating the spec, even if you don't get an
> However, if you *use* them like URIs when comparing, you're violating
> the spec, even if you don't get an error message.
Huh? What does that mean?
BTW, check out http://www.textuality.com/tag/uri-comp-2.html -Tim