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this is starting to look like the ip addressing problems ipv4, sorry ran
out of numbers, now ipv6, our children will probably need ipv8 (whatever
that might be)

i'm already avoiding namespaces because it's so bloated. xsl:... or
xsd:... is about as much as i can handle.

i'm reminded of the quote from the front of djikstra's seminal work "a
discipline of programming" 

"For a long time I have wanted to write a book somewhat along the lines
of this one: on the one hand I knew that programs could have a
compelling and deep logical beauty, on the other hand I was forced to
admit that most programs are presented in a way fit for mechanical
execution but, even if of any beauty at all, totally unfit for human

tried reading a microsoft (eg, but by no means the only offenders)
spreadsheet xml format lately?

even worse, tried writing one?

i'm a bit of a fan of occam's razor and so once things start to get this
complex i start to get uneasy that we're somehow losing the plot....


On Fri, 2003-08-22 at 05:47, Jeff Lowery wrote:
> > 
> > As with your response. ;)
> > 
> > Care to elaborate? (question was regarding the use of hierarchical
> > URN/URLs).
> I was hoping that would be elaboration enough. <g>
> Okay, to be more explicit, would you really want to type (or read) something
> like:
> urn:us:gov:dod:don:navy:
> in front of each and every element and attribute name in a hypothetical Navy
> XML document? I wouldn't, although I do the equivalent in Java often enough.
> I think the pertinent question is: are there enough short string sequences
> for all namespace identifiers, now and in the future, that aren't so
> abstract to be illegible?  In other words, could one be stuck for a
> meaningful short string ns ID because all the ones they wanted to use are in
> use by others?
> Thanks for being persistent, anyway. Good questions, all.
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