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   Re: [xml-dev] Registered namespace prefixes

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james.anderson@setf.de (james anderson) writes:
> [...many excellent examples snipped...]
>the same situation applies to universal names, "scoped namespaces", 
>bound prefixes, and etc. it would be more productive to identify the 
>inadequacies in the representations used to model them than to try to 
>trace representational artifacts back to the semantics of namespaces.

While I agree with you that there really is no "ideal text", I have a
very hard time finding that a justification for the entirely new burdens
that Namespaces in XML created.  

It makes me laugh and cry that I should have to read through all of the
attributes of a given element just to figure out what the
properly-constructed name of that element is.  The complicating factors
that XML 1.0 itself introduced - default attributes and entities - at
least didn't involve that kind of jumping back and forth.

Namespace semantics are a bad joke.  Let's stop pretending they ever
existed, since no one has ever been able to explain what they are.
Labels without built-in semantics appears to be as far as we've ever
gotten, and that's hardly worth the representational hassle.

Simon St.Laurent
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Errors, errors, all fall down!
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