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Most commenters I've read believe an overhaul
is needed. You should read Derek Denny-Brown's
blog. Dare referenced it and sys-con picked it
up for an article.
"It pushes an immense burden of complexity onto the APIs and XML
reader/writer implementations. Supporting XML Namespaces introduces
significant complexity in the parsers, because it forces parsers to parse
the entire start-tag before returning any text information. It complicates
XML stores, such as DOM implementations, because the XML Namespace
specification only discusses parsing XML, and introduces a number of serious
complications to edit scenarios. It complicates XML writers, because it
introduces new constraints and ambiguities."
He expands on the topic in the top blog "Loving and Hating XML Namespaces"
after solid examples he says that 'cleverness' may be the root of the
From: Alessandro Triglia [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
When people complain about namespaces, do they mean that namespaces should
not exist at all? Do they think they are useless? Or do they think they
should be replaced by something else? Or do they have in mind some simple
changes to the syntax, such as using URI/localname pairs everywhere?