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   Re: [xml-dev] Registered Namespace prefixes

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This seems like a case of Thread Deja Vu...

I believe this progressed to the point where some felt that a prefix
registry would not necessarily be useful, but a namespace identifier
registry would potentially be useful. 

[Not trying to jump-start thread, just clarifying!]

Jeff Lowery wrote:
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Gavin Thomas Nicol [mailto:gtn@rbii.com]
> > On Wednesday 26 February 2003 12:54 pm, Jeff Lowery wrote:
> > > My opinion is that the answer lies in a prefix registry
> > Why do you need one? If you register foo: as a prefix, so you
> > can then do
> > foo:bar, why not simply register foo:bar instead?
> That would address a different use case: to guarantee the uniqueness (and
> associations of) each universal name (I won't call it expanded name, since
> there's nothing to expand).
> The prefix registry is NO MORE THAN a short-string repository. THE ONLY
> SEMANTIC is that ownership is designated as belonging to a registree.  WHILE
> IT IS POSSIBLE to store association information (such as internet domain,
> local names, RDDL documents, etc.), those extensions should not be "core".
> > FWIW. I
> > can't see the value
> > in either... neither guarantees any kind of interpretation.
> Precisely, that IS its value: there's very little interpretation to be made
> about the information stored.  Any interpretations one cares to add are
> outside the scope of the registry.  This makes the registry simple and
> economical to maintain.  It need be no more complex than web site registries
> that are around today.  The one possible exception is that it may be very
> desirable to query the registry FOR THE SOLE REASON of establishing whether
> a candidate prefix is already registered, and to know who registered it.
> [Sorry 'bout the caps, but people seem to be missing the point of the
> original proposal.  Since I'm unable to articulate it better, I'll just
> articulate it louder.]
> -- Jeff
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