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Re: [xml-dev] To namespace or not to Namespace ....

Is it too late to fix this in XQuery 1.1 ?
It should be "simply" an addition of a separate input and output default
namespace declaration.
Who do I have to bribe ?

David A. Lee

On 4/9/2010 6:12 AM, Andrew Welch wrote:
> On 9 April 2010 10:37, Michael Kay<mike@saxonica.com>  wrote:
>>> XQuery really messed this up big time... such a simple thing,
>>> and such a huge amount of hassle caused by it.  I know I'm
>>> not the only one to be amazed when you first realise that is
>>> what is happening.
>> Yes, it's definitely a usability trap: but then, so many things with
>> namespaces are.
>> My recollection of the history, at a high level of abstraction, is that I
>> was constantly pointing out namespace problems to the XQuery Working Group,
>> and proposing new features to deal with the problems, and the WG
>> collectively was getting more and more irritated by the complexity that each
>> new feature added to the language; so it got to the point where I decided it
>> would be prudent to let the WG hear the problems from users rather than from
>> me.
>> It all goes back to the fact that the namespace facility as designed back in
>> 1999 was a really bad piece of design work. I wish I could find the email
>> that I wrote at the time saying "it doesn't matter that it's bad: it's an
>> optional feature, and it's so bad that no-one will use it." But I think that
>> not using namespaces isn't really an option today: they are too ingrained in
>> the ecosystem.
> :)
> In XSLT generating XHTML from XML in no namespace is straightforward,
> doing the same in XQuery is a pain... it's not really a design fault
> of namespaces, just a real oddity in XQuery...

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