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Re: [xml-dev] Lessons learned from the XML experiment

On 14 Nov 2013, at 15:59, Hans-Juergen Rennau <hrennau@yahoo.de> wrote:

To achieve global uniqueness, short strings won't do. 

I think that's a very grave fallacy. If w3.org is unique enough for an email domain then w3.org followed by a short name is unique enough to identify an XML vocabulary. The system works perfectly well for Java package names.

URIs for namespaces are misguided. They use a clumsy syntax that's highly redundant; the syntax rules themselves are complex, unclear, and unstable; equality matching between URIs is ill-defined; the hierarchic relationship of the components switches in mid-stream from least-significant-first to most-significant-first; and they create the wrong impression that they are identifying resources on the web. Need I go on?

Michael Kay

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