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   Re: [xml-dev] Just say 'mu' to namespace URIs (was Re: [xml-dev] XML 1.1

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Mike Champion <mc@xegesis.org> wrote:

| Bray: I remain convinced that URNs are almost always a bad idea for XML 
| namespaces.
| TimBL: because either they're not resolvable or you're reinventing HTTP.
| TimBL's right, of course,

I don't see how.  Why must a resolution mechanism (never mind why and for
what) necessarily be something HTTP-like?  Or is this a philosophical
statement that any lookup involving a network connection either uses or
reinvents gopher^WHTTP? 

| but: a) there's still no consensus on what dereferencing a namespace URI 
| should produce; 

I'm now hopelessly lost in the twists and turns of URI metaphysics.  Why
is a URI necessarily "dereferenceable"?

| c) the 'unenlightened' but influential folks in Redmond WA and Washington 
| DC are voting with their feet for URNs and this debate is likely to become 
| moot Real Soon Now; 

King Canute has always been a role model at the W3C. 


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