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> Thomas B. Passin wrote:
> > [Michael Kay]
> > > Since the bottom line in the Namespaces spec is that parsers are
> > > supposed to accept any character string in the role of a namespace
> > > the obvious solution is to remove all the fine words about IRIs which
> > > don't actually affect conformance anyway.
> > >
> > If an IRI is supposed to be able to use any local encoding, how is the
> > network supposed to know which encoding is being used for any particular
> > IRI?
> Mu. We're talking about "Namespaces in XML"; namespace names
> aren't URIs (or IRIs), they're opaque character strings which
> are supposed to conform to the syntax of URIs (or IRIs).
> The network is irrelevant.
'Course I know that. But the conversation got me into a bit of OT
wondering, that's all.