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   Re: [xml-dev] Talking of HTML.... Anyone like lock-in?

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>> That reduces the shock value, but it's still pretty silly. Why don't 
>> they just allow attributes from any foreign namespace on every element 
>> like schema languages do and let processors ignore the attributes they 
>> don't recognize?

Why stop with attributes? It's long been the case that web browsers 
simply ignore tags they don't recognize in any namespace at all. 
Unexpected tags aren't as common as they used to be, but it was critical 
for experimentation and development in the early days of the Web. I 
still use this technique on my pages which are well-formed but not valid.

(For what it's worth, I did experiment with making my custom marked up 
pages valid using namespaces and XHTML modularization. However the DTD 
hacks required ended up causing far more problems than just adding a few 
undeclared elements in the XHTML namespace that browsers blissfully 

´╗┐Elliotte Rusty Harold  elharo@metalab.unc.edu
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