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

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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Michael Kay [mailto:michael.h.kay@ntlworld.com]
> It's too late to fix the problems now, but it's easy to identify them.

Agreed.  Understanding the problem means we can build APIs which
alleviate the worst pain for the average user.  Writing a new spec
doesn't those users.  Starting work on a new, cleaner design isn't a bad
idea, but we also need to address the concerns of people writing
software today.  It will take another 5 years to get that spec
implemented as ubiquitously as XML is now.  

> I have advocated one change which I believe would alleviate the
> there should be a lexical representation of expanded names that uses
> and local name, rather than prefix and local name, and this
> should be permitted in any context where a lexical QName is permitted,
> including in element names and attribute names in source XML, in
> QName-valued attributes, and in path expressions. This would mean that
> XML fragment, XPath expression, etc, could be "namespace-normalized"
> make
> it context free.




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