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Do namespaces address all use cases well

Interesting idea. This is likely something that has to be addressed in an Xml track.  I am not sure that HTML-5 is even an Xml track?


For a number of use cases I have seen namespaces work.  They are integrated in most Xml processors.  So they are there already for free.


But how well they address all use cases I do not know.  I would be interested to hear about use cases where Xml namespaces fail and rough sketches of better technologies.




From: Michael Kay [mailto:mike@saxonica.com]
Sent: Wednesday, July 08, 2009 1:55 PM
To: 'Kurt Cagle'; 'Jim Tivy'
Cc: 'XML Developers List'
Subject: RE: [xml-dev] XHTML 2 Working Group won't be renewed?


 > There's supposed to be an extensibility workshop in September at one of the F2Fs where namespaces in general will be hashed out - I plan to be monitoring that one carefully, as I suspect that there will be a move to "fix" namespaces in a way that will have long term negative repercussions for the XML community. 


Let's approach this positively. XML namespaces are a pretty awful piece of design. Perhaps this is an opportunity to revisit the requirement and do something a bit more elegant.



Michael Kay



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