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   Re: [xml-dev] Partyin' like it's 1999

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Alessandro Triglia wrote:

> 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?

When I complain about namespaces, it's just the opposite:
I *don't* want to have to use URI/localname pairs everywhere.
I'd rather treat element type names and attribute names
as simple, atomic strings.  This is possible with a sane API,
but most XML APIs aren't sane.

And of course when you get into serialization/deserialization
or QNames-in-content, it gets even worse: then you have to
worry about namespace prefixes and in-scope namespaces too.

--Joe English



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