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RE: [xml-dev] XHTML 2 Working Group won't be renewed?

> Why do you need to wrap the URI in any characters at all?  
> Why not just do:
> <http://www.mycompany.com/myschema:local/>

There's nothing to stop a namespace name starting with "/" (other than the
vague preference for valid absolute URIs), so


would become a valid start tag!

More generally, we're looking for a construct that's unambiguous if used in
contexts where QNames can appear in XPath expressions, which this clearly
isn't. One problem is that the more universal you want to make it, the more
contexts it has to be unambiguous in: for example XQuery has problems with
{uri}local because it already uses "{" extensively.


Michael Kay

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