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   RE: [xml-dev] Registered Namespace prefixes

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  • To: "Simon St.Laurent" <simonstl@simonstl.com>,"XML Dev" <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Registered Namespace prefixes
  • From: "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@microsoft.com>
  • Date: Wed, 26 Feb 2003 10:12:34 -0800
  • Thread-index: AcLdwhYwAkd44kFUTkSs1iVGCZlGjAAAA8kQ
  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] Registered Namespace prefixes

Namespace prefixes are a syntactic shortcut that should not have been
blessed with being a [property] in the XML Infoset let alone something
as bass-ackwards as elevating some of them to having "registered"
status. I'd never advice anyone I know to participate in such a venture.

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Simon St.Laurent [mailto:simonstl@simonstl.com] 
> Sent: Wednesday, February 26, 2003 10:09 AM
> To: XML Dev
> Jeff.Lowery@creo.com (Jeff Lowery) writes:
> >My opinion is that the answer lies in a prefix registry.  I 
> know that's 
> >controversial, mainly because it creates an authority structure that 
> >has to be consulted prior to assigning prefixes to names.  I 
> think this 
> >can be mitigate, though, by having a provisional namespace prefix 
> >mechanism that is essentially the same as it exists now, 
> minus default 
> >namespaces. Registered prefixes would then be denoted by 
> special naming 
> >conventions.
> I agree completely, but I get very consistent responses from 
> various W3C folks that URIs are the magic answers to all 
> cases that might otherwise have required registration.
> I'd love to see such a thing, with or without the W3C's 
> involvement, but suspect that it's just too late at this point.
> --
> Simon St.Laurent
> Ring around the content, a pocket full of brackets Errors, 
> errors, all fall down!
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