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

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Sergio J. Rodriguez M. wrote:

> If Namespaces are in fact a disaster, then why is widely used in any XML 
> Vocabulary, like RDF or OWL?

Because we didn't know better six years ago. Some things you only learn 
from brutal experience.

> If these are a disaster, then the basis of the Semantic Web -OWL, RDF-, 
> and many other systems are in big trouble...

They are in big trouble. Some of the biggest s**t in namespaces 
(relative namespace URIs in particular) hit the fan in the intersection 
between RDF and XML. Both sides retreated covered in feces and unhappy, 
and the problem has never really been fixed. The W3C TAG is now trying 
to muck out this sewer again, with only marginally more success.

Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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