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   RE:Namespaces are flawed

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>     This is the second time in this thread I've seen it written that
>     Namespaces are flawed. 

It used to be a permathread on this list, but everyone's given up moaning
except when they discover some new implication.

The biggest problem is that the spec tries to make prefixes non-significant
and fails.

Another problem is that the spec is vague as to what constitutes a valid
namespace URI (and whether it is ever meaningful to dereference a namespace
URI, resolve it against another URI, etc)

The root cause of the problem is that the layering is wrong: naming is
fundamental to XML, and you can't add something fundamental as an optional
layer on top of the core. At any rate, you shouldn't.

Michael Kay


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