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/ Bill de hÓra <bill@dehora.net> was heard to say:
| Bullard, Claude L (Len) wrote:
|> Sure, but if you get the namespace support from the tool for free,
|> why resort to the period hack (well known from the old Oster system)?
|
| Because the namespace is a worse hack? In the initial example, the
| information is being carried in the namespace /prefix/, not the
| namespace /URI/. 

No it wasn't. <nikon:lens> is a syntactic shortcut for
<{urn:nikon:components:optical}lens>. The prefix doesn't tell a
processor anything about the lens element, the URI does.

If you're point is that the author sees <nikon:lens> and infers more
from that than <x1:lens>, I'm sure you're right. There's a tools
problem with presenting namespaced elements that we haven't overcome
yet, but that's not the fault of the namespace mechanism.

There are lots of annoying problems with namespaces, but if you
simultaneously want globally unique names and short identifiers, I
don't think it's an unreasonable solution.

                                        Be seeing you,
                                          norm

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