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   RE: [xml-dev] Why associate an attribute with a namespace ?

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  • To: <mihaiu@mihaiu.name>
  • Subject: RE: [xml-dev] Why associate an attribute with a namespace ?
  • From: "Dare Obasanjo" <dareo@microsoft.com>
  • Date: Wed, 16 Feb 2005 14:45:45 -0800
  • Cc: <xml-dev@lists.xml.org>
  • Thread-index: AcUUeMGT7wYcym7GQFqO3y16Iez4pwAACmHQ
  • Thread-topic: [xml-dev] Why associate an attribute with a namespace ?

> -----Original Message-----
> From: mihaiu@mihaiu.name [mailto:mihaiu@mihaiu.name] 
> Sent: Wednesday, February 16, 2005 2:42 PM
> To: Dare Obasanjo
> Cc: xml-dev@lists.xml.org
> Subject: Re: [xml-dev] Why associate an attribute with a namespace ?
> >So if I see _type in a document how do I know whether it is 
> xsi:type, 
> >xlink:type or daresfunkysemantics:type? If you are going to 
> attempt to 
> >argue on this list about XML and namespaces it would behoove you to 
> >understand the problem space first before criticizing existing 
> >solutions.
> >
>     Let me ask first: have you read the entire thread, or 
> just the last post ?

I have but obviously you have either failed to read or understand the
responses people have made to your comments. 

>     Namespace are necessary for elements, there is no doubpt 
> about it. But an attribute only has meaning embedded in an 
> element. Namespaces allows you to uniquely identify elements. 
> From elements you can reach the attributes. You cannot access 
> the attributes without their enclosing element anyway.
>     Let me put the problem from another perspective: is it 
> useful to have element A in namespace AAA and its attribute B 
> in namespace BBB ?

Considering that it is a widespread practice in various XML technologies
today, it would seem the answer is Yes. 

Anyway, I have work to do so you can enjoy trolling someone else. 

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